At the July 9 council meeting, approval for a new liquor license and tobacco license was given to a new business replacing Heartbreakers in Harris.
John and Sandra Staloch have purchased the business and were approved for an on sale liquor license, a Sunday liquor license, a 2 a.m. liquor license and a tobacco license.
The Stalochs apprised the council of their plans for the business.
To start out, they are going to operate as a club, open every day of the week, with extended hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.
As the building does not have a kitchen yet, they will push liquor, beer, and pizza. The intention is to draw the customers in with a variety of music and entertainment.
If there is not a sufficient draw they will open a kitchen and compete for the dinner crowd, they said.
The Stalochs presently operate two other restaurants: the Dugout in Bethel and Jumping Jacks at the old Weber Store that serve, in addition to a regular bar menu, steaks, ribs and $5 Bloody Mary breakfasts.
The council welcomed the Stalochs and said if there was anything the council could do to make the transition easier, to let them know.
A busy employee
Maintenance employee Jason Zastera gave a report on roaads where gravel was to be applied. Zastera noted that approximately $30,000 had been allocated for gravel.
After a review of the roads, it was decided Sink Hole Road would be the first priority. Two areas needed treatment, the first was a 775-foot stretch that would take 319 tons to bring the sides of the road above the ditches. The second stretch, farther down was 500 feet long and take an additional 4 inches of gravel.
The next road on the list was Gladstone. As this is a main artery, 1300 feet of road would get 308 tons of gravel.
470th has little aggregate left on it and 2279 feet of road will get 649 tons of gravel.
Grand is very narrow and not up to the required grade. As opposed to the sandy roads in other areas, Grand has clay on it which causes the water to pool. 5746 feet of road will get 1455 tons of gravel.
The last road is Evergreen, which also has no aggregate, and will get 2900 feet of gravel, totaling 447 tons.
The total cost will be $27,772. There will be some gravel left over to apply to roads as needed.
During the discussions of what Zastera could do to improve the roads in Harris, Councilor Judy Hammerstrom said to Zastera, “I don’t like to be lied to.” She was referring to a discussion that Hamerstrom and Zastera had at the cafe about the road by the Post Office and church.
Hammerstrom said that Zastera told her that road would be repaired that week, and it hadn’t been yet.
Zastera noted that after that particular discussion, other urgent matters pulled him in other directions that needed attention. Hammerstrom asked Zastera, “who are you taking orders from?”
Mayor Diane Miller spoke up, saying that Zastera is at every meeting going over what has been done, and what is going to be done.
Councilor John Rossini noted that sometimes the maintenance employee is torn in different directions by weather and circumstances.
Both Miller and Rossini stressed that Zastera is doing a really good job.
Councilman Rodney Larson said the Zastera does a lot of things for the city that most people don’t realize.
There is always 10 different things that need to be done, but there is only time to do one, he said.
Zastera also talked about the breakaway signs that have to be installed. He needs to take an inventory of all the roads in the city that have speed limits over 50 mph, and see how many of them need to be converted to breakaway sign posts.
In other business:
A bid had been obtained from a company that picks up and salvages old iron. The idea was to have the old culverts that had been replaced with new ones sold for the salvage value of the iron. There was also old steel pipe by the WWTF that could be sold as scrap.
It was decided to investigate where the best price could be realized to dispose of this metal.
The same company also offered to scrap out the two generators by the fire hall.
Fire Chief Trever Williams had contacted the DNR where the generators came from, and found that the city could dispose of them in any manor they wished.
The idea had been to use the generators as back up for the fire hall and the water tower. It was found that since neither generator had been run for seven years, it was doubtful they could be used without a lot of expense. Also, the generators were not automatic and had to have someone run them. And to hook up to the water tower, a bypass switch would have to be installed at a cost of approximately $10,000. The scrap company offered $300 for the generators. Should anyone else be interested in them, they only needed to exceed that price.
Chief Williams also brought in the cost of buying five new pagers to replace those that could not be converted to the new system, $2,880. Also the cost to install the 8 new radios into the trucks and the new base station was $5,350. Williams noted that the installations had to be done by certified personnel otherwise the warranties would be void.