The Perham City Council voted Monday, Aug. 12, to approve legislation authorizing the local option sales tax.

The Minnesota Legislature and Governor Tim Walz passed the article which authorizes Perham to impose a sales tax of one-half of 1% to finance the Perham Area Community Center (PACC) expansion in an amount not to exceed $5,200,000. Even though voters approved the measure in November 2018, the city council has to approve the resolution, before the tax takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

City Manager Jonathan Smith at Monday's council meeting said the action is the “first phase of the process.”

In other city news

  • The council voted to amend the city’s liquor license to allow patrons younger than 21 to enter an establishment accompanied by an adult 21 or older. The ordinance previously allowed minors on premises to work, consume a meal at a restaurant or attend a social function held in a portion of a facility where liquor is not sold.
  • City Engineer Jade Berube gave a presentation on the Northeast Industrial Park expansion and improvement project. The proposed improvements aim to improve and reconstruct portions of water, sewer, storm sewer, curb and gutter and street improvements. The total cost of the project is estimated at $3.8 million. Grants have been secured for $2.1 million of the project, leaving $1.5 million to be assessed. Berube said the township has been approached to pay for their portion of the project. A public hearing will be 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Council Chambers.
  • The council approved a three-year contract with the Perham Police Department.
  • The council approved a resolution to rename the bike path in Arvig Park to “Brave Like Gabe Recreational Trail,” in honor of the late professional runner and Perham native Gabriele Grunewald.