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City revises liquor store policy

After auditors found 41 discrepancies in the cash balancing procedures for overages and shortages at the Osakis Liquor Store, the Osakis City Council approved a revised cash balance policy at its last meeting.

According to Angela Jacobson, Osakis City Clerk/Treasurer, the council felt the old policy was too lenient and decided to revamp it and make it more restrictive.

The newly adopted policy is for discrepancy procedures of $5 or more.

The policy states that sales tapes will be reviewed for any overages or shortages of $5 or more and if employees are over/short, they are required to explain the discrepancy to the liquor store manager. If the amount is over $20, the employee will need to fix the mistake themselves.

Discrepancies will be documented and the following rules apply:

First offense: If any discrepancy over $5 is found, a verbal warning will be given.

Second offense: If two discrepancies over $5 are found in a period of one month, a written notice will be given.

Third offense: If three discrepancies over $5 are found in a period of three months, there will be termination of employment.

The original policy, which was adopted in 2012, was more lenient with discrepancies of $10 or more having to be reported and employees weren't terminated until the fourth offense.

The new policy was unanimously approved.

In other action

In other action from the April 3 meeting, the council approved the low bid of roughly $2 million from Riley Brothers Construction out of Morris for a street and utility project that will be completed this summer. The project includes work on the boat launch parking lot and sewer and water work for homes on Lake Street from Central Avenue.

In a phone interview, Jacobson said that although the project and the bid were approved, there was discussion on the issue because there was one homeowner who did not want to sign the easement over to the city. Jacobson said council members made the decision to do the work, but to go around that particular property. She said there will be more discussion about the project at a later date.

The council approved the annual Clean-Up Day, which has been slated for Saturday, May 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. The event is sponsored by the city of Osakis and West Central Sanitation. Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management will also have a trailer at the site, which is in the parking lot of the Osakis Liquor Store. Jacobson said the Lions Club and Sentenced-to-Serve crews will be helping out that day, too.

Just like in the past, there will be a freewill offering for "general junk" accepted with all proceeds going toward the Fourth of July fireworks.

For more information, contact the city hall at (320) 859-2150 or check out its Facebook page for updates.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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