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Vacant lot has name: Central Park

The vacant lot at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street West that's used as an ice skating rink now has a name -- Central Park. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)

At its first meeting of the year on Jan. 14, Osakis City Council members decided on the name of the downtown vacant lot at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street West.

Each member of the council chose five names from a list of 65. The three that were chosen unanimously were "Lakeside Park," "Town Park" and "Central Park." After some deliberation within themselves and the citizens of Osakis, they decided to name it Central Park.

A contest was held to give the people of Osakis an opportunity to submit their ideas for names of the park and if their name was chosen, they would win $100 in chamber bucks. The council decided that because eight people chose Central Park as the name, they all will be given $20 in chamber bucks.

The council will no longer meet on the first Monday of every month.

The members collectively decided that the second Monday of the month would be more efficient with submitting monthly paperwork.

A concern with the date change is the city council will now meet at the same time as the school board. Mayor Keith Emerson said that this change could be temporary. However, if the change proves to benefit the council members, it will become permanent.

The liquor store year-end totals were presented during the meeting. Before transfering money to another fund, the liquor store made $18,059. After the transfer, the total net loss was $9,261. However, the employees at the meeting seemed optimistic about the store's future.

Other action

• The council reviewed the year-end results of the police department, first responders, fire department and city crew.

• The council discussed the EDA purchase agreement.

• Council swore in Randy Anderson and Laura Backes on their new terms. Both terms will expire in 2022.

• Emerson was also sworn in as mayor. His term expires in 2020.

• The council approved the overtime report for December of 2018.