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Perham City Council approves tattoo parlor

At the July 13 meeting, the Perham City Council voted to approve a conditional use permit for Dan Rebuck to open a tattoo parlor at 423 3rd Ave SE. The approval came at the recommendation of the Perham Planning Commission.

Concerns from the council were voiced regarding the location and hours of the business, but after satisfying members with his responses, Rebuck was awarded the permit.

Minnesota investment funds public hearing

The council voted to schedule a public hearing for August 9 to hear comments regarding an application for funds to the Minnesota Investment Funds submitted by Industrial Finishing Services (IFS) in Perham.

IFS has stated its intention to expand their painting and production facility. Discussions have been held to consider application for funds through the Department of Employment and Economic Development Minnesota Investment Funds Program.

Liquor license renewal

The council approved the renewal of liquor licenses, including Sunday sales for SUDS, Mulligans, Crossings Inn & Suites by Grandstay and the Station House contingent upon all fees and legal requirements being met as required by the city of Perham and State of Minnesota.

Approval was also granted for a 2 a.m. closing time for SUDS.

A wine license was also renewed for Jin Hu Chinese Restaurant.

Sale of tanker fire truck

The council authorized the sale of the 1968 Chevrolet pumper truck for $2,000 to George Doom of Perham.

Half Marathon

The Perham School Cross Country Booster Club was granted approval to host a half marathon and 5k race on Saturday, August 7 on city property.

Election judges appointed

Fourteen election judges were appointed to serve for the August 10 primary and November 2 General Elections.

Judges will be paid $7.50 per hour except for employees of the city of Perham.

Crazy Days street closure

The council approved the closing of First Avenue South from Main Street to Second Street for Crazy Days August 6 and 7.

There will be a band for two to three hours every day in front of the Station House.

Perham Police Reserves will be on-hand as the Keystone Cops.

Small Cities Grant

A technical conflict of interest with the Small Cities Grant process was brought to the attention of the council.

Dave and Denise Schornack have applied for rehabilitation funding for rental property through the Small Cities Development Program. The program is being administered by the Economic Development Authority of which Denise is a member.

In a letter to Economic Development Administrative Assistant Mary Holzer, Dennis Happel of Happel Law Office wrote he did not find a conflict of interest with the Schornacks as long as they make public their application for the grant at a city of Perham meeting and it must be recorded on the official minutes of that meeting. Happel also said Denise Schornack should have no part in the decision making of what projects receive funding through the grant process.

Narrowband radios

The council adopted a resolution recommending Otter Tail County fund the ARMER Radio System for cities within Otter Tail County.

The Federal Communications Commission ahs mandated that public safety radio systems switch to narrowband systems by 2013.

Amended zoning ordinance

The council approved amending the city's zoning ordinance to read, "The Planning Commission will schedule and hear all Public Hearings regarding zoning issues."