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Fairfax Frontier Bar missing $12,717

Muni has on-sale, off-sale

May 19, 2011
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

FAIRFAX - Inventory is being checked daily now after a $12,717 municipal liquor store loss was made known at the May 10 Fairfax City Council meeting.

Fairfax City Clerk-Administrator-Treasurer Marcia Seibert-Volz said Wednesday that municipal liquor store, which is also known as the Frontier Bar, manager Steve Linsmeier went on medical leave on Dec. 26, 2010.

He remained on medical leave, until returning to work earlier this month.

After Linsmeier went on leave, it was learned that a routine physical inventory count was not made at the end of December, Seibert-Volz said.

Since January 2011, liquor store audit spot checks showed snow-balling revenue losses.

Seibert-Volz said it was difficult to immediately determine what caused the losses because the last physical inventory was done at the end of June 2010.

"All I can say is, it falls on me because I'm the manager. That's all I'm going to say," Linsmeier said Wednesday.

Things are different now.

"We removed a wall between on and off-sale stores so we can see all off-sale items all the time," Seibert-Volz said.

"We're checking inventory and invoices daily, making sure everything ordered is delivered and making sure proper procedures are being followed. ... We're confident we can get things back under control," she added.

Seibert-Volz said an electronic inventory control system is used at the on and off-sale liquor store.

In business for more than five decades, the establishment employs a manager, assistant manager, five part-time bartenders and two part-time cooks.

"We've had slow times and better times, depending on the economy. Last year, the liquor store made about $24,000," Seibert-Volz added.

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