By Billy Stitz
The Flandreau City Council met again last Monday night at the City Office to discuss many end of year topics. One of the biggest things to know coming out of the meeting came towards the end.
Mayor Mark Bonrud proposed that the council decides on whether or not the Friday after Thanksgiving should become a permanent holiday for the Flandreau City workers. The council had given the workers this day off in 2012 because of the hard work that they put in during the time the city was without an administrator and believed that they deserved it. The Mayor simply proposed they decide so that they would not have to go through the same discussion every year.
The council felt that they did not want to add a holiday but would be open to replacing an existing holiday in exchange. After polling the city workers, the council found that the city workers voted almost unanimously that they would rather have the day after Thanksgiving off instead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.
The next step for the council was to decide whether or not it made sense to swap the two dates. After a long discussion, the council voted 4-2 in favor of the change. The fact that MLK day is closer to the day bills are due, they should be open and the Friday after Thanksgiving is either extremely late or incredibly early for paying your city bills. A few other reasons were given in favor of the change so starting in 2013, the City Office will be open on MLK Day and closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The council also approved Dakota Petersen becoming a member of the Flandreau Volunteer Firefighting Department and approved the salaries for the 2013 fiscal year.
The Council reviewed and approved the liquor license for nine business in Flandreau while also amending Bar X Barís license per their request so that they have the option of being open on Sundays in 2013.