Rush City Council approves Sunday liquor sales

The Rush City Council held a public hearing for an ordinance amendment for Sunday sales of off-sale liquor on June 26. Councilor Al Hoffman motioned to approve the amendment, and all council members were in favor.
The new ordinance will allow off-sale liquor to be sold on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“This was the only thing I could find in our ordinance that needed to be changed to conform with the state law,” City Administrator Amy Mell said.
In other council news:
•The Fire Department burned down the house at 1301 S. Bremer Ave. The appliances were taken from the house to be recycled. However, there is further demolition that needs to be done on the property.
“What’s left of the house is the foundation and a partial crawlspace. We haven’t yet asked for any bids on the demo of the property,” Mell said.
“I had a suggestion on this.” Mayor Dan Dahlberg said. “Because of the lack of a basement, and that it’s a smaller property, maybe it’s possible we have our city maintenance crew do the demolition and save us some money.”
The council decided to ask for local bids for the demolition and make a decision after the bids come in.
•Greg Anderson, the city engineer, presented the council with bids from three contractors for the Brookside Street project. There were total base bids, total alternative bids, and total base, plus alternative bids. He recommended that the council award the bid to Hardrive Inc. of Rogers.
“The total base plus alternative bids include everything,” Mell said.
Councilor Michael Louzek said he’d like to get the bid done now.
Hoffman motioned for the total base alternative bid from Hardrives for about $676,073. The council approved the motion unanimously.
“The project should be done at the end of September,” Anderson said.


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