The Tea City Council met for their fi rst meeting of the month Nov. 2. Mayor John Lawler called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. Jason Kjenstad, city engineer, gave an update from a meeting with the developers group for the 85th Street project. The Department of Transportation is not part of the project since they will not build the interchange. Kjenstad said he estimates Tea’s portion of building the interchange would be $6.9 million. The developers group would put in $4 million into the project. What the group is looking for now is a response from the city saying they are generally in favor of moving this forward. No action was taken. Lawler said the city has had pay application No. 7 for Dakotaland Sod Farm Inc. for a while. City utility superintendent Thad Konrad said the work should be done this week. Sept. 17 was the original deadline but they were set back due to the parking lot change order and some weather delays. The council moved to approve the pay application for the amount of $367,278.13. Councilmen moved to approve 2016 liquor license renewals for Grandstay Hotel & Suites and Wood Ridge Casino for retail on/off sale wine; Tea Liquor, O’Toole’s Bar and Cubby’s for package off-sale liquor; and Blau DeBoer Post #266 and Tea Steak House dba O’Toole’s s Bar for retail on-sale liquor.
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