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Nevis approves alcohol sales for pig races; liquor store profits rise in May

In a record-setting 10-minute meeting, the Nevis Council learned the Fire Relief Association is solvent, approved the liquor store serving drinks Sunday, July 11, for the pig races and Halvorson Beach signs will soon be erected, acknowledging the donation of the property to the city.

The previous brevity record was held by former assistant mayor Bev Romer, who conducted city business within a 13-minute timeframe.

Firefighter Don Umthun reported the fire department to be self-sufficient, with assets of $214,030 at the end of 2009, accrued liability of $164,410 leaving a surplus of $49,620.

In other action, the council:

n Approved a revised ordinance for Lakeview and Resthaven cemeteries.

The cost for a single interment lot was raised from $200 to $400 for residents and $200 to $500 for non-residents.

One grave may contain one body burial or up to two cremations.

The cost for the sexton to mark the grave for burial or cremation is $500, November through April, $200 May through October.

Lots must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

Opening and closing of a grave will be at the expense of the cemetery lot owner.

Graves are to be located and marked by the sexton.

ATVs and motorcycles were added to the vehicles prohibited from driving on cemetery lots.

n Reported liquor store profits of $3,797 in May.

South of the Border Night was a "great success," liquor store manager Mark Peterson reported.

Tonight's (Wednesday) cuisine night will have a Caribbean theme, with red beans and rice, Cuban dishes, tropical salad, mango chicken and other dishes featured.

Peterson invites patrons to "bring in a themed dish or just come in to enjoy the food."