Jenkins: Council extends offer to deputy clerk

Reviews letter/plans for former Underdogs Bar and Grill location

Some Jenkins City Council members continue to attend council meetings virtually, with some present at the council chambers. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

The Jenkins City Council agreed Monday, June 8, to offer the city's deputy clerk position to Katherine Caswell.

Council documents said both the committee and the candidate agreed with the conditions of a letter of understanding and the committee recommended approval of the letter.

This came after the council agreed to add a probationary period to the city's personnel policy. The policy previously did not include one.

Also Monday, the council agreed to accept a bid from People's Security for installation of two surveillance cameras at city hall for $2,733.77 with the understanding that more cameras can be added later at the city's outdoor spaces if desired.

Finally, the council reviewed a letter from Amy and Danny Cairns, current owners of the former Underdogs Bar and Grill building location on Highway 371. The latter laid out the property owners' plans for the lot, including hosting a farmers market and food trucks for approximately a year until two buildings can be constructed to house a coffee shop and a fishing store.


The goal was to determine if the city zoning has any restrictions on this use. The space would be used for the market once a week, possibly Fridays or Saturdays.

The council found that city zoning ordinances do not restrict use of commercial lots for farmers markets, food trucks, coffee shops or fishing stores. The council agreed to direct the city zoning board to consider putting stipulations on the policy as it pertains to food trucks, just to ensure that food trucks that come into the city are legal by state and health department standards.

The Underdogs Bar and Grill building was destroyed in a fire in October 2014.

Travis Grimler may be reached at 218-855-5853 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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