Reuther appointed to Nevis City Council
Town resident Blair Reuther has announced his interest in temporarily filling the post left vacant on July 12 by Rich Johnson’s resignation.
The board also approved an order fixing a special election for February 8, 2022 to fill the remainder of Johnson’s four-year term.
When asked what prompted him to step forward, Reuther disarmed the council with a laugh.
“I have often sat here,” he said. “I stopped coming because it seems like you are being yelled at for a lot of things that are really simple.”
Reuther added that he would like to be more involved in the city. “It looks like I’m probably paying around 5% of city taxes,” he said. “I thought maybe it would be good if I found out what was going on on the other side. In addition, I am a full time resident.
Reuther said he owns the Blue Rooster Company, which makes outdoor fireplaces sold online, and his wife runs Thai 34.
“My family has lived in the city since 1908,” he says. “We have been in business for 25 years and I just moved here full time in 2008.”
Mayor Jeanne Thompson has said they could appoint Reuther to fill the vacant position until February 2022, when there will be a special election for the remainder of Johnson’s unexpired term.
Board member Sue Gray moved to nominate Reuther, and the motion was passed 3-0, with absent board member Katie Rittgers.
The council amended the ordinance regulating municipal liquor sales and sales operations.
“We have so many companies right now that are struggling to attract new employees,” said Veit. “I therefore ask to lower the age for working at the municipal liquor store to 18 years old. Language is added indicating that they cannot be on site, linger before or after their shift; only to work.
Veit said state law allows people to serve alcohol at age 18.
Other changes, said Veit, included changing the pronouns from “he” to “the manager” and from “him” to “them.”
Gray’s motion to approve the amendment was carried without dissent. However, Thompson noted that the minimum age for armed employees could be lowered to 21 when the hiring situation returns to normal.
The council passed a resolution to accept the city’s share of pandemic recovery funds through the US Federal Rescue Plan Act (ARP).
According to a letter from the League of Minnesota Cities, the city could receive up to $ 43,805 in two annual amounts, or $ 106 per capita up to 75% of the city’s pre-pandemic budget.
Veit told council that these can only be used for certain purposes, and that Hubbard County District 5 Commissioner Ted Van Kempen suggested considering using the funds for necessary improvements to water and sewer and was invited. Veit said the commission is due to meet with city staff on Tuesday to discuss the idea.
“We will have to pass this resolution for me to complete the application and accept the dollars,” Veit said.
Gray’s motion to approve the resolution was carried without dissent.
Municipal liquor store manager Erin Rhoades said she was continuing to work on hiring staff.
Rhoades said she decided to cancel this year’s Oktoberfest because Gabrielle Kirschman, who previously cooked German food for the event, will be out of town.
Recalling last month’s council discussion about replacing the liquor store’s crumbling paintwork, Rhoades said she had been unable to find a contractor who would guarantee her paint for more than a year. She asked if they needed to have the building repainted.
Gray and Thompson suggested getting quotes for the cladding of the entire building, including installation and a warranty. Umthun said the coating will work better than paint for maintenance.