Isanti liquor store to have own website

By Elizabeth Sias

The Isanti municipal liquor store will soon have its own website.

The Isanti City Council accepted plans for the development of a website for the liquor store at its meeting Tuesday, June 21.

The website would be used as a marketing tool for the store to provide store and product information and would provide a means to inform the public of new products and sales.

The initial startup fee with training to set up the website will be $350 with Linden Web Design, the same firm that improved and supports the city of Isanti’s website.

The annual domain registration fee is $15 and the monthly hosting cost will be $5.47 per month using the current city web host, Host Gator.

“Every decision our (liquor store) manager has made so far that I’ve seen has been right and has increased profits,” Council Member Ross Lorinser said. “It’s nice to have that type of management in there that knows exactly what they’ve got going on and they know what needs to be done to make things happen.”

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer noted Hardware Hank should be open by Jubilee Days under new ownership.

In other action, the city council:

• Approved the special event request to Dan Collison to hold a car show on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the months of June through August. The event will be held on the parking lot at Lake State Federal Union. Collison will not charge for the event, but will accept food shelf donations.

• Approved the special event request to the Rum River VFW Post #2735 to hold a car show on July 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the Jubilee Days’ activities.

• Approved the special event request to Wintergreens to have an outdoor band on July 7 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a community picnic on July 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days.

• Awarded bids for the 2011 water system improvements project. Ellingson Companies was awarded a bid for the watermain improvements for $48,551. The bid is under the engineer’s estimate by about $17,000. Municipal Builders Inc. was awarded the bid to replace Well House No. 1 for $148,400, which is $19,600 under estimate. Finally, DSG Metering Technology was the only bidder for the water meter replacement project for $436,321, which is $13,700 under estimate. DSG Metering Technology will supply Badger meters, which City Engineer Brad DeWolf said matches the existing newer meters and is fully compatible with the current meter program.

• Approved interim use permits for residential kennels at 1111 Cimarron Trail SW and 1118 Flintwood St. SW. A residential kennel is defined in part as “a place where more than two dogs over six months of age are kept on premises which are zoned and occupied for residential purposes.” The property on Cimarron Trail SW will have three dogs on the property. The property on Flintwood Street SW will have four dogs.

• Authorized staff to obtain quotes for the demolition and disposal of the housing structure on the former Wickstrom farm site. Staff had advertised for proposals to move the building, but no proposals were received, which is why the city council has now authorized staff to get cost estimates for the building’s demolition.

• Passed an ordinance to amend the City Code, Chapter 227, Article II, Parking and Storage, to add that semi-tractors are prohibited from parking or being stored within a residential zone or residentially zoned district.