The Spring Grove City Council voted to adjust wages at the Corner Store on June 17. On Friday night, Saturday, and Saturday night, all workers will be paid the same rate ($9 per hour). In addition, pay for book keeping duties and handling bank deposits will be set at $12 per hour.

Another vote approved the hiring of Japheth Ziebell and Nayna Obieglo as Corner Store bartenders. A third candidate's application was tabled until a reference can be checked.

Part of the consent agenda (approved with a single vote) gave permission for Hedgehog ATV to hold a small fireworks display at the Spring Grove Motocross grounds on July 4. That site is on EDA-owned land east of town in the Spring Grove Commercial Park. There were five conditions included in the resolution, including contacting the Spring Grove Fire Department and following all state rules and regulations.

Members also approved the purchase of a new shredder for city hall, estimated to cost $840. In addition, city clerk/treasurer Erin Konkel was authorized to call in a shredding service to pick up materials once or twice a year when large volumes of documents are to be discarded.

Konkel reported that the Landscape Partnership agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation has borne fruit. Volunteers planted perennials in the beds along Main Street on June 16 (see separate story in this issue). The state will reimburse the city for the cost of those plants.

The council tabled possible action on merchandise and signage being set out on Main Street sidewalks. The issue came up because of complaints lodged with city officials. Council member Lorilyn Dehning offered to take up the matter with members of the Spring Grove Planning Commission and report back on whatever applicable city ordinances could come into play.

Another item was also tabled. Members decided to put off making a decision on adopting a "model policy" on traffic signage reflectivity for the city, referring the matter to City Attorney Joe Hammell. Mayor Bruce Poole noted that MNDOT has recently replaced signs along Highway 44/Main Street, so those should all meet the standards laid out in the document which was provided by the League of Minnesota Cities.

Dehning reported that the Swim Center is doing well this season, with 303 paid swim lessons so far and 103 season passes. She also referenced the recent donation of an AED (see Spring Grove Herald issue # 25) to the facility. In addition, busing of swimmers from Caledonia and Mabel (including the vehicle, driver, and gas) has also been recently donated, Dehning reported.