At its March 9 meeting, the Osakis City Council approved an agreement with Novel Solar Energy with final changes made by the city attorney.

The new deal has a rate change of 0.1% per kilowatt to keep costs steadier. The solar garden project is now under construction.

The panels are off-site and require no maintenance to the city. The city agreement lasts a minimum of two years, and operations will begin in 12 months. Currently, there is no hurry, but the garden could fill up when subscribers to solar energy start to come in.

Audit findings

Dean Birkeland from CarlsonSV was in attendance to review the 2019 audit. During his review, he found that there was a lack of segregation of duties. This is a common finding for all cities that CarlsonSV audits.

Birkeland also announced that last year’s findings are resolved. The liquor store inventory, liquor store over/short, and the comp time policy have been squared away. Birkeland also mentioned there were no problematic matters in this year’s audit.

Liquor sales down

The Osakis Liquor Store took another expected hit in the month of February, when sales typically dip. Manager Reenie Goodwin reported that they were down $3,126.37 in sales for the month. She informed the council that she would be getting estimates for the liquor store floor.

Clean-Up Day

The council sent a notice to West Central Sanitation and Pope-Douglas Solid Waste Management about the potential date for the annual City Clean-Up Day – Saturday, May 9. This is the same weekend it has been in the past and is also the same weekend of the fishing opener and Mother’s Day.

Primary turnout

The primary election results were presented to the council from the March 3 presidential primary. Osakis had 14% of its registered voters attend the polls. The presidential primary costs and labor will be reimbursed by the federal government and the city will be submitting the costs later this month.