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Nevis City Council approves band contract

The council on June 13 approved entertainment for Muskie Days, sanitation for Bands and BBQ and street closures for three summer events.

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The Nevis City Council on June 13 approved an entertainment contract and sanitation quotes for upcoming summer events.

Municipal liquor store manager Erin Rhoades reported that a major event is planned every two weeks starting with Bands and BBQ on July 9, then Muskie Days on July 22-23, the Bob Johnson Golf Tournament Aug. 13 and the Marine Corps League cookoff Aug. 27.

At her request, the council approved closing various portions of County Road 2 during three of the events, not including the golf tournament.

Rhoades presented two quotes for 20 96-gallon garbage cans to be dropped off July 8 before Bands and BBQ and picked up after the event. Last year’s vendor, A&D Trash Collection of Park Rapids, bid $600 plus tax, a total of $702. Northern Pines Sanitation of Park Rapids bid $550 including tax.

However, Rhoades noted that A&D emptied the receptacles multiple times during last year’s event, while the Northern Pines quote was not clear about whether they would do this.

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Recognizing there wasn’t time to clarify the matter, since July’s council meeting will be after the event, council member Blair Reuther made what he called an “if-and-or” motion: to go with the Northern Pines quote if it includes managing collection during the event; if not, to accept the A&D bid if it includes collection; and if neither does, to go with the lower bid. The motion passed unopposed.

Rhoades also presented a contract from Christensen Entertainment of Park Rapids for Lydia Rose and the RA Boys to provide live music on Friday (July 22) of Muskie Days, for a total of $1,650.

Rhoades said the band has played for Bands and Barbecue in the past, and another band is lined up for Saturday, July 23.

Rhoades said the city spent $5,000 on the entertainment at last year’s Bands and Barbecue and $10,000 for two “big” bands at Muskie Days. With this year’s cheaper Friday band, she said, they will be spending less for Muskie Days entertainment.

“We’re also not buying a stage,” said Rhoades.

Mayor Jeanne Thompson made a motion to approve the band contract, and it passed unopposed.

Thompson urged Rhoades to prepare a budget for summer events in the future, including a comparison of the previous year’s revenues and expenses.

The council also voted not to purchase a sponsorship package with the Nevis Civic and Commerce for Muskie Days.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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