Akeley applying for generator grant

The city of Akeley is applying for a $10,000 grant through the Minnesota Department of Health that would help pay for back-up generators to keep the city’s lift stations and water tower operating in the event of a power outage. The total project is expected to cost anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000. The city is also planning to apply for an emergency preparedness grant through Hubbard County that could help cover part of the cost.

City clerk Krisi Kath said the concern was brought up during a recent wellhead protection review.

“Any funds outside of the grants the city would be responsible for,” she said. “We currently do have some surplus in savings. Another expense would be the hookups for the generators, but there’s another grant we could apply for to help with that.”

The council approved going ahead with the initial grant application through MDH that is due March 1.

In other action the council:


  • Heard from police chief Jimmy Hansen about two pursuits in the county recently, one ending in Park Rapids and one ending about a mile west of Akeley on Hwy. 34. “Both were drug related and both were stopped safely,” he said.

  • Approved a bid from Midco of $2,468 for the 2020 tank maintenance project.

  • Approved a resolution to accept donations from the Akeley Lions Club for the Akeley Community Project fund.

  • Set the city’s board of appeal and equalization meeting for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at city hall.

  • Approved posting ordinances on the city website.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at city hall.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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