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Wells liquor sales over $1.2 million

Sales end up over 50% higher than in 2019

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Jan 31, 2021

The Wells City Council received some good news during their meeting last Monday night, Jan. 25.

The final report for the Wells Liquor Depot for 2020 showed total sales for the year up 50 percent over the previous year.

The final tally for the year showed total sales at the municipal liquor store were $1,241,528, which was $415,431 up from 2019’s $826,096.

After four months of increase from 2019 to 2020 in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, December came in with $48,542 more in sales than the previous December.

The best month of the year was May, when sales topped $139,000, which was $64,235 more than May of 2019.

January and February of 2020 had modest increases of just $4,000 and $9,000. But in March the increase in sales jumped to $41,000 more from the year before.

The reasons given for the big turnaround was that the pandemic struck the country and liquor sales were up all over, plus the fact that the new Wells Liquor Depot store opened up in its new location.

At Monday’s meeting the council also authorized advertising for an additional part-time employee at the Wells liquor store.

In other business at last Monday’s meeting the City Council:

• Learned that repairs to the City Hall roof had been completed by Kato Roofing Inc., at a cost of $11,285.

The repairs were necessary due to improper instalation of items on the roof by a different roofing company several years ago.

• Heard a presentation by city administrator CJ Holl of a new program the city has with Schwickerts of Mankato called Schwickerts Tecta Tracker.

On the computer program are all the city’s buildings and HVAC equipment servicing information.

“This is a very good planning tool for us to use,” administrator Holl said.

• Heard a report during the public comment portion of the meeting about the Wells Gun Club.

Donn Brown reported the club has decided to postpone the annual Wells Gun Club Show from it’s usual March date to a date in July.

Last year, Brown said, the club ended up canceling the 2020 show just six hours before it was to begin.

He noted that in a normal year, the show brings in 4,000 people to Wells.

• Completed some appointments to various city boards and commissions.

Josh Raimann was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Crystal Dulas was appointed to the Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to fill out the term of Bill Groskreutz who had resigned, and John Herman also was appointed to the HRA board.

Donn Brown was also appointed to the Park Board.

• Heard an update from city engineer Travis Winter about the 2021 street project.

Winter said everything is moving along as planned, and sometime in late February they will have property owners come in for an informational meeting about the project.

Winter was questioned whether that meeting will be in person or held virtually, and he said it is possible it will be both, with remote access available for those who wish to attend that way.

• Council members commented on the snow removal by staff during recent snow events.

One concern was the city removing snow which had been plowed off private parking lots. City staff will look into that concern.

Holl reported that the police wrote quite a few tickets for cars being left on the streets during the recent snow emergencies.

• Learned during Holl’s administrator’s report that two new child care centers in Wells have either opened or will be opening soon.