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New committee will keep an eye on liquor operations

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

In an effort to improve sales at the two Farmington Liquor Stores, the Farmington City Council has approved a plan to create a new liquor operations committee.

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The idea for such a committee came after the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association studied Farmington's liquor business last fall and encouraged that such a committee be established. The parameters of the committee will be established once the group starts to meet.

City administrator David McKnight has a few things in mind for the group to cover. The committee will do a monthly review of the liquor operation's financial statements, sales and related topics that come up. Additionally, McKnight would like the group to develop a one-, three- and five-year business plan.

Initially, McKnight suggested a configuration of two council members, liquor store management staff and himself. However, council member Julie May suggested expanding the configuration to include representation from Farmington's business community or residents. Others agreed with her, so the city of Farmington will look for applicants from two at-large members in the near future.

For now, mayor Todd Larson and May will represent the city council on the liquor operations committee. However, the council representation will change at the beginning of the year, as May has announced she will not seek reelection this fall.

McKnight proposes that the committee meet once a month, on a weekday, later in the afternoon. Meeting notices will be publicized like any other city or commission meeting.

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