The Fifty Lakes City Council voted to continue the operation of the municipal liquor store when it met in regular session Tuesday, December 11. Members present included Mayor Tim Anick and Council members Jodie Schrupp, Jay Weinmann, Linda Steffens and Mark Bradley. City Clerk and Treasurer Karen Stern was also present.
The vote to continue to operate the liquor store was four to one with Council member Weinmann voting no. The resolution to continue to operate the business noted that “in any city in which the report of the operations of a municipal liquor store has shown a net loss…in any two of three consecutive years, the city Council shall hold a public hearing on the question of whether the city shall continue to operate municipal liquor” and that “the Council held public hearings on November 13 and December 11, 2018 due to two years of operation that had shown a net loss and…the City has made several changes to cut expenses and increase revenue and…the liquor store is showing an estimated profit of $16,608 profit as of the end of November 2018.”