Health concerns prompt Akeley mayor to resign
Akeley mayor Scott Vettleson resigned Wednesday night, citing an "unexpected long-term health issue" as grounds for the decision.
The council appointed council member Jennifer Mitchell to fill the position, and will advertise for a replacement.
Mitchell was appointed to fill a council position that was vacated when Eric Sjolin resigned earlier this year.
"I apologize to the citizens of Akeley that I can't continue," Vettleson said.
Elected in November, Vettleson has served less than a year.
Meanwhile council member Jon Johnson, who was expected to resign due a change in residency, has moved back into city limits and will complete his term.
In other action, the council:
-Approved a $238,983 preliminary levy, a 15 percent increase from 2009's $208,683 amount.
Vettleson emphasized, "It's preliminary, not set in stone."
The final levy, which may be decreased, but not increased, will be determined in December.
-Reported liquor store earnings of $4,478 in August, $18,940 year to date.
The council tabled action on a security system for the liquor store pending correspondence with Arvig Communication Systems.
-Swore in Travis Carlson and David Granthum as police officers.
Police chief Eric Klein reported Carlson, hired last month as a part-time officer, has finished field training and "is on his own."
-Agreed to advertise for a part-time maintenance person to work six hours on weekends, at Frank Thelin's request.
-Learned the city's hydrants will be flushed Sept. 14-18, Sept. 21-25 and Sept. 28-Oct. 2. Thelin recommended residents check drain screens afterward.
-Reported the city's boat landing was to be repaired Thursday.
-Heard from city resident Don Kerwin, who offered ideas for generating revenue in the city.
He proposed placing a donation receptacle by Paul Bunyan, encouraging funding for the upkeep.
He suggested imposing a permit fee for garage sales of $5 to $10 for the "quasi businesses."
A community-wide garage sale could be organized, however, with no fee.
Kerwin noted Akeley's "claim to fame" is the birthplace of Paul Bunyan and suggested businesses use this as a uniform marketing tool.
-Granted liquor store employee Lacey Hitchcock a leave of absence while husband Brian is home on leave. Brian has been serving in Iraq with the Red Bull Division of the National Guard.