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City gets clean audit

Osakis City Council members received good news last week. They received a "clean and unmodified" audit.

Michael Bosl, an audit manager with BerganKDV, presented the information at the April 8 city council meeting. A clean and unmodified review is the highest review that can be given for an audit, said Bosl.

"It's the best you can get," he told the council.

Bosl talked about the city-owned liquor store, noting that it was a weakness last year but there were improvements this past year. He said there is still some work to do, especially when it comes to inventory. He said there were a number of large inventory adjustments. He advised the council to do continual cycle counts, have the counts verified and to look for trends.

The liquor store fund was up 11.2 percent, which he attributed to more events and more advertising. He hopes that trend will continue. Bosl also noted there were no disagreements with staff and that they received a clean report.

Overall, he said the city was operating consistently and that the overall budget was sitting at a nice level at the end of the year.

Clean-Up Day

The annual Clean-Up Day has been set for Saturday, May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Osakis Liquor Store parking lot. The event is sponsored by the city and West Central Sanitation. Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management will have a waste table and trailer set up for dropping off hazardous items such as chemical and other products, inkjet cartridges, cell phones, batteries and more. No incandescent or LED light bulbs will be accepted and no motor oil or oil filters will be accepted.

Residents may bring their items to the parking lot and an attendant will be there to help with check-in and paying of items to be dropped off. Large appliances such as washers and dryers are $15, while smaller ones, like microwaves, are $6. Computers are $12. For general junk, a free-will offering is being accepted with all proceeds going to the Fourth of July fireworks fund.

In other action

Other items approved by the city council included:

• A 50-cent pay raise per hour for Osakis Visitor Center staff members.

• Contract with the Professional Union.

• Agreement and memorandum of understanding with the Police Union.

• An additional deck at the Osakis Liquor Store.

• Gambling permits for Immaculate Conception Church on July 14 and Nov. 3, as well as a one-day liquor license for July 14.

• Request from Black's Resort to block Lake Street on April 26-27.

• Dog vaccination clinic to be held May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Osakis City Hall garage. This is the same day dog licenses are due and citizens can attend just to buy a dog tag. Cats can also get shots during the vaccination clinic.

• Agreement with Sourcewell services for planning and zoning.

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. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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