The city of Perham’s Committee of the Whole did not meet in November in light of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The committee meeting, which is normally a discussion-only meeting, normally takes place on the last Wednesday of the month at 5:15 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The meeting had originally been rescheduled to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, because Wednesday, Nov. 25, is the day before Thanksgiving. The meeting has been canceled for the month of November and reports that would normally be discussed at the meeting have been submitted and sent out to all those normally in attendance.

The construction of the new O’Reilly Auto Parts store next to the Super 8 Motel, on Jake Street, is still underway, said the Economic Development Authority report to the committee.

The EDA said two separate parties have expressed interest in opening a mattress store in Perham. Upon researching the interest, the EDA reported that mattress stores are among the most profitable and stable small retail store options.

The preliminary application for the Small Cities Development Program was mailed out Nov. 13. The initial selection will be announced in the middle of December. If the City of Perham is chosen in the initial selection process the final application will be submitted in February and the awards will be announced in March.

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The city has received enough interest surveys to constitute an application to the Small Cities Development Program for owner-occupied rehab, rental rehab, and commercial rehab. The total project is estimated at $1,348,350.

Landmark Liquors saw an increase of 33.3% in October with a total sales growth of $76,554, according to the November Landmark Liquor repost to the Committee.

In the last eight months, the municipal liquor store has seen an increase in sales by over 30% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October, Landmarks sales have seen an increase of 26.6% totaling $782,004 so far for 2020.

The Perham Area Library’s report to the committee said the restroom upgrade to touchless toilets and faucets at the library has started. The project to install these new upgrades to the library’s restrooms is being funded by the city’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding.

CARES Act funding is also being used to extend the library’s wireless signal outside of the building to allow access outside of library hours. The building’s stone exterior reduces the current signal causing the signal to only be picked up close to the building when outside. Arvig will be installing an exterior WI-FI signal transmitter on the parking lot side of the building to make connectivity anywhere in the parking lot.

The city of Perham’s Finance Office Patti Stokke said in her report to the committee the city is in its final stage of reviewing the 2021 budget and finalizing the tax levy. The second half of the tax levy was received earlier in the month and the levied funds have come in as budgeted.