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Another worker for public works?

The Osakis City Council discussed the possibility of the Osakis Public Works crew getting an extra helping hand in the future.

At the June 4 council meeting, Superintendent Greg Gottwald gave a public works report and was asked whether an extra employee in his department would be beneficial.

Gottwald was in favor of the idea. There is always more than enough work to do, he said, noting there is a growing list of tasks to do that can be postponed for more pressing issues. A fourth employee could help distribute the workload and create a more efficient department, according to Gottwald.

Nothing was formally proposed at the meeting — it was an option one council member brought up — but the idea regarding another employee will be discussed in the future.

Liquor store till issue resolved

Also at the meeting, Julie Didier, liquor store manager, gave an explanation for an issue with the liquor store being over or short on balances, which were noted in the city audit.

Didier said that money was taken out of the till for expenses, but when that happened, the difference in balances was marked as missing money.

"There was an explanation for it," Didier said, referring to the over/short policy.

Audit manager Michael Bosl and the city both performed independent inventory counts at the liquor store on January 1, 2018. Seventeen of the 30 items counted had variances and 31 percent of the city's items needed manual adjustment after the count.

The city and the auditors performed a second count of inventory at the liquor store in March, which yielded an increase in accuracy but still raised some questions.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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