Rapids Spirits manager Scott Olson told the Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday that the municipal liquor store’s October sales are keeping pace with previous months, and have been up about 6% compared to last year.

He also reported that store staff are undertaking a major cleaning project on store shelves.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Renewed City Planner Ben Oleson’s contract for six months. Oleson, with Hometown Planning, LLC of Alexandria, has been on retainer to the city since April 15 and is paid $3,500 per month, according to an exhibit attached to his contract.

  • Paid Hawkins, Inc. $2,565 for water treatment chemicals.

  • Paid Henke $1,826 to purchase parts for the public works department’s V-plow, used for snow removal.

  • Paid Minnesota Pump Works $5,907 to purchase an emergency replacement pump and single-phase start kit.

  • Paid Streicher’s $1,542 to purchase a replacement vest with trauma plate for a police officer.

  • Gave City Clerk Beret Ramstad Skoyles a wage increase to the six-month step of $24.34 per hour.

  • Gave part-time Rapids Spirits liquor store clerk Tina Jenkins a wage increase to the 18-month step of $14.54 per hour.

  • Gave full-time public works street maintenance worker Justin Leritz a wage increase to the Step 6 rate of $24.73 per hour. Leritz came on board in 2018.

  • Approved state joint powers agreements on behalf of the city’s prosecuting attorney and police department to use the state’s criminal justice data communications network for the next five years.

  • Acknowledged donations totaling $22,500 from Sept. 23 to Oct. 4, all designated for the Depot Park tennis courts project.

  • Approved payables totaling $18,574 and prepaids totaling $102,118.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at city hall.