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Council holds off on liquor license for Suds...for now

The Perham City Council held a public hearing regarding a liquor license for the new Suds location at 138 W Main St. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)

Facing a decision to grant Patrick Honer a liquor license for his new Suds location at 138 W Main St., the Perham City Council tabled the discussion until the Committee of the Whole meeting on March 27. Over 20 Suds employees and patrons were present to support Honer. During a public hearing, Marilyn Hovland said she's been coming to Suds for over 20 years.

"I think Pat Honer is very by the book, follow the rules kind of a guy," she said. "He doesn't take a lot of guff from anyone, I've seen him bend over backwards trying to follow all rules."

While the council had no problems with the application or applicant, they anticipated Honer would have applied for a building permit and licenses to serve food.

"Personally, we like to see the process farther along," said City Manager Jonathan Smith of the missing permits and licenses. The council anticipated approving the liquor license in two weeks when the building permit exists. Honer plans on opening his new location in late April or early May. His prior establishment burned down in a fire around Christmas.

Street projects around town

The council then heard an update from the City Engineer Jade Berube. County Road 8 will reopen in late May, according to Berube. Berube also presented the Council with the construction bids for the Second Avenue Southwest improvement project. Six contractors submitted bids to the city, which ranged from $1.996 million to $3.148 million. The Council accepted the bids and will choose a bidder at an assessment hearing on Monday, April 8.

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