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Special election to authorize on-sale liquor licenses set for Aug. 13
June 21, 2019

Amy Johnson

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council discussed issuing on-sale liquor licenses during its meeting June 17. Two questions regarding the subject will be on the ballot during the Tuesday, Aug. 13 special election.

The first question asks voters to authorize the city to issue private, on-sale licenses to restaurants, hotels, and clubs “for consumption ‘on’ (at) the restaurant, hotel, or club on Mondays through legal closing time Saturday night.”

The second question addresses Sunday on-sale liquor sales at bars, restaurants, and clubs.

City Clerk/Treasurer Terri Boese pointed out that the first question must pass for the second question to be valid.

Dan Ward, owner of Thirsty’s Tavern and Table, voiced his support of the measure, addressing his concerns about the viability of his business should the measure fail.

Ward explained that if the measure fails, jobs will be lost.

“A full license means a safer bar. If we don’t get a full liquor license, Thirsty’s won’t be here next year,” Ward said.

Polls will be open at Dassel City Hall Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ballot is available to view online at https://dassel.com/clerk/page/special-election-august-13-2019.

Fire department to order new truck

Dassel Fire Chief David Johnson updated the council on a new truck, a Ford Expedition, that will be customized to meet the department’s needs once acquired.

Cost for the new truck with customization is $75,000. Since the council initially approved $100,000 for this purchase, Johnson asked if the extra $25,000 could be allotted to do some remodeling to make room inside the fire hall to park the new vehicle.

Johnson listed three possible options: remodeling the locker area, adding an outdoor storage area, or authorizing the on-call vehicle to be parked offsite at the on-call member’s home.

Of the three options mentioned, outdoor storage would be the least desirable.

The council acknowledged that since the $100,000 was previously approved, the fire department could move ahead on arrangements to use the excess funds to modify the space to make room for the new truck.

Red Rooster Days, road closure information

Elisha Brantley asked the council for permission to host an outdoor event at the Sunrise Diner during Red Rooster Days.

She would like to serve food outdoors, and requested the city block off the alley edge of the property to ensure safe access to the area during the event.

Brantley already requested an outdoor food license from the state, which will be issued the morning of the event after inspection of the food preparation and serving setup.

The diner will have extended hours that day, opening at 2 p.m. through the end of the dance.

The council approved Brantley’s request. Mayor Ron Hungerford, and Council Member Lynn Holleran were not present at the meeting.

Larry Oberg addressed the council, reviewing the road closures for Red Rooster Days, and requested cooperation from the city and county to keep County Road 4 open longer than previous years.

Oberg detailed the other road closures as follows: Fifth Street, closed immediately; Fourth Street (one block), closes at 12:30 p.m.; Third Street, closes about 1:15 p.m.; Second Street and Guy Street, close at approximately 1:15 p.m. (food trucks will be located there), and Willis, closes at 1:30 p.m.

Main routes, First Street and County Road 4, will remain open until the sheriff closes them shortly before the parade starts at 2 p.m.

Oberg also noted that this year’s event is Dassel’s 150th anniversary, as Dassel was founded in 1869.

He asked the council to be cognizant of the criteria for float-judging and not “step out of bounds” this year. Oberg emphasized that since part of the criteria for the award is local community pride, the first- through fourth-place trophies should be awarded to local entries, not floats from out of town.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved claims totaling $243,980.

• adopted a resolution to add Council Member Andrew Carlson as signatory.

• accepted a quote of $3,067 from Tri County Flooring for installing new carpeting in the library.

• authorized the purchase of five new iPads with covers from Computer Samurai for $2,049.

• approved a 3.2 liquor license for Casey’s, upon receipt of necessary paperwork

• transferred $500,000 to the 4M Plus savings account June 10. The city received a better interest rate (1.25 percent) with Perennial Bank, if the city’s accounts stay under the FDIC insurance threshold.

Carlson requested that the council pass a resolution before any future fund transfers between financial institutions.

• heard an update from City Attorney Kurt Greenley regarding the lease agreement between the city and Dassel Historical Society.

Because the historical society received a $190,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, the lease must comply with the state’s criteria and be approved by the commissioner prior to signing.

• accepted the resignation of Josh Pelant from the fire department.

• approved a bid for $2,012,000 for the water treatment plant improvement project.

• heard from Museum Director Carolyn Holje that the window restoration project is in progress and should be completed by June 30.

• heard from Johnson that the fire department’s French toast breakfast raised about $3,500.

• approved updates from the workshop meeting, and scheduled a public hearing on the proposed sign ordinance for Monday, July 15.

• tabled discussion on the nuisance ordinance. A workshop meeting was scheduled for Monday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming meetings

• Discover Dassel meeting, Tuesday, June 18 at 5 p.m., Dassel History Center.

• DAHS Board meeting, Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m., Dassel History Center.

• DC Trail Committee meeting, Thursday, July 11 at 5 p.m., Dassel City Hall.

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