Perham City Council approves using Main Street for Crazy Days

Focus file photo by Marie Nitke

At a special Perham City Council Meeting, the council approved the Perham Area Events Committee’s request for the use of downtown streets for Crazy Days from Friday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 9.

Crazy Days will occupy West Main Street from First Avenue Southwest to Second Avenue Southwest

The July Committee of the Whole meeting followed the special council meeting.

  • Filings for candidacy for the office of mayor and for open city council seats closes on Aug. 11. Currently, there are two city council seats up for election.

  • A loan package for the buyer of the Gathering Grounds is coming together. The buyer’s financing is mainly coming through United Community Bank and they are asking the Economic Development Administration for a Gap loan to make the transition happen. If approved, the city will use International Registration Plan funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to make the loan. The closing date is currently scheduled for July 31.

  • Landmark Liquors saw a 34.6% increase in sales. Sales grew to $504,556 this June, compared with last June's $374,891. The store has seen a 29.7% increase in sales for 2020 as of the end of June.

  • The Police Department reported that the town has been busy. They are seeing an average number of calls and traffic stops for normal summer months. Police Chief Jason Hoaby, whose resignation takes effect Aug. 10, thanked the city and its employees for his time as Perham police chief.

  • The demolition of the old Perham high school building for the HUB project is expected to start in mid-August. Currently, the exact date is not finalized as the city is waiting for the final approval from DEED.

  • The Industrial Park project is on its way to wrapping up. Stripping began this week for the walking path part of the project, near the public schools and Hadley House.

  • The minor remodel to City Hall, which includes a new entryway and drop-off point, is expected to take place next week. This mini remodel will allow the public to have some access to City Hall again while helping keep city employees and the public safe from COVID-19 spread.

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