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Fifty Lakes: Council approves lead bartender description

After discussing the matter at many previous meetings, the Fifty Lakes City Council approved a lead bartender description for Diana Johnson, bartender at 50 Lakes Bar and Bottle Shop, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

The position's description - which was approved April 10 - includes training new bartenders; performing managerial duties in the absence of the liquor manager; and complying with city, state and federal regulations within the bar and liquor store.

Liquor Manager Steve Maeger told council members that the state approved a new way for bar staff to cook chicken wings, as the cooker previously being used was not allowed under state statute. Maeger said he had planned to buy another NSF cooker by the end of the week following the meeting.

The council heard about Maeger's plans to attend the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association Conference April 28, and agreed to reimburse him for lodging, mileage and conference costs. Johnson is unable to attend the conference.

Council members hired Kali Raph as a part-time bartender at $9.65 an hour.

In other business April 10, the council:

• Held a public hearing regarding the ordinance giving Northern States Power Company permission to erect a gas distribution system for the city, which would include gas pipes, mains and appurtenances for the transmission and distribution of gas. Council members postponed making a decision on the matter until the May meeting so they can get more information on costs for the pipeline extension.

• Heard from Scott Bower, of Crow Wing Power, about a variance request submitted to Crow Wing County to construct at 300-foot communications tower in Timothy Township for emergency management and disaster recovery.

• Learned the city will not seek a delegation agreement with the Department of Natural Resources for aquatic invasive species inspections, as was discussed at the March council meeting. Ken Neihart told council members April 10 the city's AIS program needs $10,000 to properly inspect all four lakes. The Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association will donate $5,000, and Neihart said he will meet with the fire relief association to request additional funds.

• Hired Bruce Bissonette, of Studio 55 Architects, to prepare architectural designs and cost reviews for the community center remodeling at a cost not to exceed $10,000. The remodeling project is estimated at $200,000.

• Discussed a proposed procedure regarding employee right to know and agreed to have City Clerk Karen Stern be administrator for the city, while supervisors will be responsible for their departments.

Theresa Bourke

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