Interim Chief of Police Ken Schule introduced Montevideo’s newest officer, Brian Harper, at Monday evening’s city council meeting.

Interim Chief of Police Ken Schule introduced Montevideo’s newest officer, Brian Harper, at Monday evening’s city council meeting.

Schule said, “Officer Brian Harper is our newest hire. He was born in Germany; his dad was in the army. He grew up in Texas, then attended high school in Renville.”

Harper attended college at North Dakota, Brainerd, and MSU. “This is his first job in law enforcement. He started on April 8, and he is doing a fantastic job,” Schule said.

Mayor Jim Curtiss administered the oath of office and officially welcomed Harper to the community.

Two items were considered on the consent agenda. The first was the approval of verified claims in the amount of $539,314.49 for the period ending May 3, 2019.

Some verified claims over $1,500 included: $121,460.91 for liquor inventory and payment of sales tax, $14,900 to Kibble Equipment for the purchase of four Z Trak mowers (less four trade-ins), $18,938.25 for April services from Rodeberg & Berryman, $10,000 to Prairie Five for a needs study grant, and $11,963 to Richard Almich for April Interim City Manager work.

Also considered on the consent agenda was an application from the Senior Citizens of the Montevideo Area, Inc., to conduct excluded bingo on June 10, 2019, and October 28, 2019 at the Montevideo Community Center.

Both items on the consent agenda were unanimously approved.

In general business, the council considered the selection of finalists for the City Manager position. Six candidates have shown an interest in the position.

After a vote was taken, the council discussed the matter further and decided to invite five of the six candidates to Montevideo for interviews and tours of the town.

Also discussed was how to pay for bringing the candidates to town. Once here, the candidates would require two nights lodging and reimbursement of travel expenses.

After discussion, council member Bryce Curtiss proposed a $1,000 cap on expenses, which was unanimously approved by the council.

The council also considered an application from Talking Waters for a temporary on-sale liquor license in conjunction with the upcoming TRAM event on Monday, July 22. The council unanimously approved granting the license to Talking Waters, contingent upon state approval.

Fiesta, Inc. has asked the city for permission to use city property for various Fiesta Days events. The council unanimously approved the request to use city property for Fiesta Days events.

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