Perham City Council approves use of alleyway for drive-thru coffee business

A new coffee shop with a drive-thru window is planning to move into what is currently Boedy Appliance on Main Street.

The city of Perham approved a subleased of the alleyway behind the current Boedy Appliance with Tick Tock Coffee which would allow the coffee shop to put in a drive-thru window. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

Perham’s Main Street as the shop could be getting a new coffee shop with a drive-thru window in the building that currently houses Boedy Appliance, 200 W Main St.

Tick Tock Coffee is looking at buying the Boedy Appliance building and adding a drive-thru window to the back of the building.

The Perham City Council approved the lease and all the conditions of the lease between the city and Tick Tock Coffee for the alleyway behind the building at the December City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.

The alleyway being leased to Tick Tock Coffee by the city is a sublease of the city’s lease on the property from BNSF Railway. The sublease of the property will begin on Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023, pending the purchase of the property and the property will be leased for $315 per month.

The conditions of the lease mainly have to do with the potential for the obstruction of traffic. The drive-thru will use an intercom system to allow for ordering before customers reach the window and will be approached from the left-hand side of Second Avenue Southwest, following suit of the Perham Post Office’s mailbox.


Tick Tock Coffee will use signs as well as working with the city to address any traffic control issues that may arise from the use of the drive-thru window to meet the conditions of their lease of the alley-way to allow for the drive-thru.

200 W Main St. is currently home to Boedy Appliance and possibly will soon be the home of Perham's newest coffee shop Tick Tock Coffee. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

Other business discussed by the city council:

  • The council approved Ramstad, Skoyles and Winters P.A., Detroit Lakes, for the city’s legal services. City staff recommended the firm's proposal. The law firm will not be kept on retainer but instead will be contracted only for the hours of legal service used by the city. Over the past few years, the city estimates that it has averaged between $10,000 and $30,000 in legal services from the city’s attorney each year. Dennis Happel, Perham's longtime city attorney is retiring.

  • The council approved on city staff recommendation to select the proposal from Overland Insurance Agency, Perham, to be the city’s insurance agent handling property and casualty, worker’s compensation, and related coverage for the city.

  • The council approved to accept Tradesman Construction’s $6,009,900 bid for the Hub community center project . The bid included pricing for all 10 of the project’s construction alternatives and had an estimated completion date of Sept. 3, 2021.

  • The council approved the 2021 officers for the Perham Fire Department: Fire Chief Mark Schmidt, First Assistant Mark Ebeling, Second Assistant John Kostynick, Captain Vance Bachmann, Captain Clayton Trautman, Captain Matt Johnson, Assistant Engineer Dustin Vickmark, Assistant Engineer Steve Felt, Assistant Engineer Christ Sim, and Department Secretary Brandon Grindall.

  • At the Truth in Taxation meeting after the regular City Council meeting, the council approved a total tax levy of $1,590,091 for 2021. The 2021 levy is a 3.82% increase from the 2020 levy of $1,531,589.

  • The city is completing its application for funding throughout the Local Road Improvement Program, funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The application must be finalized by March 3 and will require sponsorship from Otter Tail County. The proposed improvements would consist of the reconstruction of Second Street Northeast from Seventh Avenue to Sixth Avenue and Sixth Avenue Northeast from Second Street to Third Street. The improvements would complete the truck loop from the city and address all roads outside of downtown to access the various industries within the city.

  • City offices will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  • City offices will be closed on New Year's Day, Friday, Jan 1.

  • The next regular council meeting will be 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan 11.

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