By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Longtime Cokato resident Dennis Hendrickson was sworn in at last Monday’s Cokato City Council meeting to finish the term of Jesse Bunker, who resigned last month.
Hendrickson has served for a number of years on the police advisory commission and is described as an active member of the city.
The council thanked Matt Stumpf, who was at the meeting and also applied for the position, for showing his interest. Pete Poukka, resident for 16 years, also applied.
Workshop for Cowgirl Tuff expansion
The city will meet Monday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at city hall to discuss an expansion project of Cowgirl Tuff on the north side of Industrial Park on Swendra Boulevard, adjacent to the water tower.
The Cokato Development Corporation, in which the property is currently owned by, is also invited to attend.
The workshop will also include discussion of the assessment policy for street improvements.
Iron Horse tagged with non-compliance fee
Stacy Determan, owner of the Iron Horse Bar & Grill, addressed the council after the bar failed an alcohol compliance check May 21. Cokato Wine & Spirits and Neisen Liquors passed.
Because this is the bar’s first offense, it is required to pay a $200 administrative fee to the city.
Determan explained that the bar had employed a few new people, though the person who served the minor during the compliance check had previous bartending experience.
She requested the city charge the employee (the person responsible), rather than the bar, since the bar had a recent meeting addressing carding patrons.
“[The employee] should be held accountable as much as we are,” she commented.
Currently, the bar is given a fine, and the employee must take a training course.
The council instructed city staff to look at the limitations of the state statute to see if the city has any flexibility on charging a fee to an employee.
Water line extension requested
Gale Posusta, owner of the building at 300 Millard Avenue, has requested a water line extension in order to install a sprinkler system for a potential restaurant.
This would cost the city roughly $8,000, and is a cost the city absorbs in an effort to bring in new business.
Mayor Gordy Erickson said both he and Council Member Butch Amundsen were a bit apprehensive of the follow-through and would like to hold off on the expense until the restaurant is further along.
“We want to see something happening,” Amundsen said.
The council gave Amundsen and Erickson the authority to make that decision when the time comes.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• awarded the bid for mill and repaving of Second Street SE to Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix of Annandale, at a cost of $37,520.
The company will also be doing the city’s street patching and repairs for $17,887, plus tax. Any sanitary sewer line patching and related work will be billed to the affected homeowners/businesses.
• awarded the bid for the 2013 sealcoating project to Coldwell Asphalt, at a cost of $55,635.
• approved a call for quotes for the maintenance and repainting of the west water tower on Century Avenue.
• gave permission to Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester to apply for a grant to replace the museum entry doors.
It was noted that the doors are the original doors from 1976. Also, the main entry door is not handicapped accessible. Both entry doors are also not wide enough for wheelchairs and other larger items brought to the museum.