At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Osakis City Council briefly talked about a meeting the Sauk River Watershed District will hold in Osakis on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Last month, the SRWD had two representatives speak at the city council meeting.

One of the common requests was to hold a meeting at the Osakis Community Center instead of at the watershed’s headquarters in Sauk Centre to discuss the costs of cleaning the sediment ponds from Judicial Ditch 2.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Organics grant accepted

The Pope-Douglas Solid Waste Management is offering Osakis a $3,500 grant to assist in continuing the pilot program of household organic recycling. In 2018, the city received a $10,000 grant to pay for the organic bags.

Because the bags were underutilized, Osakis did not have the funds to pay for the second year of the program. This grant will allow them to complete the payment. In 2020, the council will decide if they want to continue with the program.

The council met at a different time this month – the first Monday, Nov. 4, instead of the second because Veterans Day was on Nov. 11.

Other action

Other topics of discussion from the meeting include:

  • The Osakis Liquor Store is consistently turning a profit. In October, it racked up $3,041 in total sales. The inventory looks to be in good standing as the bar heads into the winter months.

  • First responders have attended to more calls than expected this year. The budget is centered around an average of 16 calls per month. Heading into November, Osakis responders have made it to 192 requests, which is 19.2 appearances a month.

  • The price of water is going up. Osakis residents will see a slight increase in the rates of sewer and water. This change is expected as the rates have gone up each year since 2008.

  • The Minnesota Department of Transportation would like to remind citizens that it will be holding a meeting at the Osakis Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. regarding a 2022 plan on Highway 27.

  • Jeff and Pat Kalpin, the former owners of O-Town Tavern, have requested a refund on their liquor license. The approved rate that will be given back is $550.

  • The dates and location for the 2020 presidential election process are set. The community center will host the presidential primary on March 3, the primary election on Aug. 11, and the general election on Nov. 3 of next year.