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Nevis liquor store profits continue downward trend

Despite promotions, Nevis liquor store earnings continue in negative territory, a net income of minus $729 reported in March, a negative net of $12,440 calculated year to date.

This compares with a negative net income of $4,305 for the first three months of 2009.

The good news, on a monthly basis, showed the net income of minus $728 compares with last year's negative $8,786 in March, the Nevis Council learned this week.

This might be attributed, in part, to the first international food buffet, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Liquor store manager Mark Peterson reported the event to be a "huge success" and is planning a Polish menu for the Thursday, April 22 buffet.

A pool tourney and celebration of Craig Huntzinger's 20-year anniversary at the muni also proved to be winners.

Peterson has initiated board games on Monday nights, trivia contests on Tuesday and ladies night Wednesdays to draw patrons.

In other action, the council:

n Agreed to flush hydrants Tuesday through Thursday, April 20-22.

n Learned a resident expressed concern regarding firefighters entering the city at high rates of speed when there's a fire call.

Sheriff's deputy Jeff Stacey said despite the urgency, they must abide by the law. Individual firefighters are responsible.

Don Umthun, a member of the department, agreed to speak to fire chief Kerry Swenson on the matter.

n Tabled purchasing the memorial marker for Halvorson Park, Paul Schroeder pointing out an oversight in not including the $2,000 expenditure in this year's budget.

"I have a hard time doing this based on the financial condition," mayor Dave McCurnin said. He suggested a temporary sign honoring donors of the property be erected "until things turn around."

The C&C has agreed to contribute $275 for the stone memorial.

n Approved spending $1,200 for street sweeping.

n Reported revisions to cemetery ordinance are a work in progress.

n Approved a resolution authorizing sponsorship of trails operated by the Nevis Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. The city acts as fiscal agent.