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Nevis municipal liquor store profits continue to plummet; games added to bring customers in

The Nevis Council agreed to add a platform with handrails to ensure a safer entryway to the liquor store.

Cost is an estimated $500.

Liquor store manager Mark Peterson reported 17 entries in the hot dish cook-off with more than $350 donated to Nevis School Dollars for Scholars.

He is adding Bored Game Mondays to the list of activities (inviting people to bring in a board game and see who's willing to play).

The third Wednesday of the month will be International Cuisine Night, where people can bring in something from a designated region and patrons can sample until gone.

He reported Craig Huntzinger has reached the 20-year mark as a liquor store employee.

"He should be in the hall of fame," council member Paul Schroeder joked.

The liquor store reported a loss of $5,483 in February, negative $11,611 year to date, according to clerk treasurer Carol Fridgen.

In other action, the council:

n Approved hiring Terry Greenawalt as deputy clerk on a 20-hour-per-week basis at this month's meeting.

The council also discussed contracting for the zoning/planning position, but took no formal action.

n Tabled action on the purchase of a memorial at the beach to honor the Halvorson family, donors, of the property in the early 1900s.

Schroeder agreed to speak to the C&C on accessing funding for the project.

n Will seek grant funding for an automatic door opener for the city administration building.

n Approved Chris Miller as a member of the fire department.

n Approved fire chief Kerry Swenson's application for a $30,000 training grant, with a 10 percent match by the city (from reserves). The grant includes training and certification testing costs and instruction equipment, such as a laptop, video projector and video library.

n Approved accessing funds from the Fireperson's Relief Association to purchase an attack communication system at a cost of $3,800. This is a communication link among inside attack teams, the fire chief and pump operator.

n Set a board of appeal and equalization meeting for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13 at the city administration building.

n Approved a donation of $200 to the Headwaters Animal Shelter, as in years past.

n Learned from Don Umthun a water service line froze, but was thawed.