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Health concerns prompt Akeley mayor to resign

Scott Vettleson

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.