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Council gets reports from city departments

Osakis department heads presented their monthly reports to the City Council at its regular Monday, Oct. 2 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Liquor store

Manager Julie Didier reported that on-sales profit for September was $5,236. Off-sale revenue for September was $24,074. Total profit for September $29,311 after inventory adjustments.

The 2017 off sale report shows expenditures of $399,479 in the off sale department, with revenue of $391,937. The 2017 profit/loss figure is $59,370, with average inventory totaling $88,423.

Year to date report for on sale shows expenditures of $175,716, and revenues of $167,312, for a loss of -$3,917.

Grand Total profit/loss for the store to date is $55,453.

A special meeting was held by the council on Sept. 27, and one of the agenda items was discussion with Didier about the liquor store business. Suggestions for changes include possibility of forming a Liquor Store Committee to monitor the business, winter hours, hourly sales reports, cycle counts weekly, cost of goods, and monthly sales and profits including a balance sheet.

Police department

Chief Chad Gulbranson reported the department took 320 calls for service in September, which included 92 traffic stops and 25 public assists. There were 16 citations issued, eight arrests made, and 94 warnings issued.

Calls for service for the year totaled 2,208 to Oct. 1.

Gulbranson reported that calls have increased by 48 percent since 2014. This opened up discussion of the future of the police department, and if the increased call numbers will eventually lead to the need to add additional officers.

Gulbranson reported that Long Prairie has just added a sixth officer to its roster because of workload.

There has been a dramatic increase in drug activity reports over the last year, Gulbranson reported.

Fire department

Chief Chad Mathews reported there were no fire calls in September.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14, and the Osakis Fire Department will have a busy schedule.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, the department will visit the Osakis Public Schools starting at 8:30 a.m. for presentations, then move to St. Agnes School at 1:30 p.m., and the Galeon at 2 p.m.

Open House will be held at the Fire Hall from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The new kitchen fire simulator from the Minnesota Fire Chiefs Assn. will be demonstrated. North Ambulance will be on hand, as will the Douglas County Sheriff's department. The Douglas County smoke trailer will be demonstrated.

Hot dogs and chips will be served.

The Osakis Fire Relief Assn. benefit dance will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.

First responders

Jason Schultz presented the September report. There were 19 calls answered in September, with 154 calls for the year to date.

The City Council approved the $100 stipend per call for the First Responders at a Sept. 28 special meeting. This will take place starting Jan. 1, 2018.

Public works

Greg Gottwald reported on activities in the water, wastewater and street departments during September.

There was a water plant failure on Sept. 15 due to a lightning strike, which has been fixed.

Gottwald is looking at options for scheduling water tower reconditioning and repair.

Fall discharge was done on the ponds, but a third discharge may be needed because of all the rainfall.

All remaining sections in the 2017 street paving project are prepped and ready for paving.

Lifeguards did an awesome job this summer, and the dock at the City Beach will be removed soon.

Ben Deters is the new employee in the public works department. He started work Oct. 9.