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Bid accepted for Barnum water main project


At the June 8 Barnum City Council meeting, a bid was accepted, from S & L Contracting for $76,964 to extend the water main on Main Street. The project will be started as soon as possible.

Lisa Rimolde, Valley Printing, requested permission to use the Barnum city logo on T-shirts celebrating Spring Fever Days and the Barnum Bombers. The council members approved the use of the logo containing the bear and voyageur canoes.

Kirk Eckstine of Kettle River requested permission to use two Barnum city sites for the filming of a zombie movie for distribution on Youtube. Permission was granted to use the community center building and the old lumber yard after the city acquires the property and the building is checked for safety. If deemed unsafe, the lumber yard building cannot be used.

Alicia and Paul Sample spoke to the council regarding the obtaining of temporary liquor licenses for caterers at the fairgrounds. Bernadine Reed will be in contact with the state liquor licensing regarding the rules about temporary licenses. She will contact the couple with information she gains from the state.

The administration committee met and reviewed applications for the liquor store manager position. Dale Riihiluoma and Jason Goodwin met twice and have chosen two final applicants. They will make a decision regarding the position in the near future.

A meeting was held with the Muni staff on June 7, to discuss current issues. Two bartenders have resigned, causing issues with municipal liquor store hours of operation. Permission was given to Reed to advertise for more bartenders. It was also approved to have two bartenders from the Cromwell liquor store fill in some hours for Spring Fever Days.

Stan Krenz resigned from his position at the recycling shed. Steve Granda will go to a full time position to replace his hours.

Kris Asperheim from zoning spoke to the council regarding Ozzie’s request for a zoning change that will separate the home from the business at their commercial site. A meeting was set up for the Planning Commission on June 18 at 5 p.m. at city hall to discuss the issues of rezoning the property.

A public hearing will be set for July 13 at 5 p.m. in city hall, followed by a Planning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m., prior to the city council meeting on that date.

Ordinance No. 133, established to regulate and allow for the keeping of backyard chickens in the city of Barnum was passed by the council members. Any residential home owner can apply for a permit to have up to 10 hens on their property. Any resident who desires to obtain a backyard chicken permit must make a written application to the city on a form provided by the city. A fee will be charged for the issuance of a permit to keep chickens. The fee will be set by city council on the fee schedule. A copy of the ordinance may be obtained at city hall.

The next regular meeting of the Barnum City Council will be held on Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in city hall following a public hearing and the Planning Commission meeting.


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