Nathan George was appointed as the interim council member at Akeley City Council’s Sept. 11 meeting.

Elton Crandall was the only other applicant for the position.

George will fill Margaret Bond-Vorel’s term until such time as she returns. The interim position was posted after Bond-Vorel had been absent for more than 90 days.

“This is going to obviously be a temporary position,” Mayor Brian Hitchcock said. “Whenever Margaret wants to come back, it is her seat. It could be a month or it could be until the next election. She hasn’t given us the word of how long she’ll be out.”

George is also president of the Akeley Housing and Redevelopment Authority and a mail carrier.

“I just want to help out my town as much as I can and make it a better place to live in,” he said.

“I want to try to get houses built on some of these empty lots so we can help out the lower income people who are not able to get an apartment or a house.”

In his free time, George helps coach football for grades four through six in Nevis.

Council member Billy Krotzer thanked Crandall for his interest in the position. “It’s nice to see that,” he said.

“I appreciate the fact that you both stepped up,” council member Dan Riggs said.

In other action the council:

  • Increased the certification of the preliminary payable 2020 levy by $4,262 to a total of $209,549 to reflect the higher cost of worker’s compensation insurance and other budget factors.

  • Heard an update on the intersection of Hwy. 64 and 2nd Street that needs work. Kelly VandenEykel, the city water/sewer/maintenance supervisor, said plans that show catch basins 12 and 13 are inaccurate. “They aren’t there,” he said. “I don’t know what’s down there.” His plan is to finish digging the clay out of the intersection this fall, fill it with rock and leave it like that over the winter. “If it works come spring, then we’ll blacktop it,” he said. “If not, I’m out of ideas.” Council member Dan Riggs said he would be willing to come and take a look at the area in question once it is dug up and barricaded.

  • Tabled a decision on the police ride along policy so they will have time to look at an example of the policy from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Approved 16 hours of mandated cultural diversity and mental health training for Police Chief Jimmy Hansen in October in Brainerd.

  • Set a park meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 to wrap up the campground season and consider any changes needed for next year.

  • Heard from the Akeley Community Projects committee that they met with Moore Engineering regarding the scope of the project and information they would need to come up with a bid. Their next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at city hall.

  • Heard Hubbard County is looking into a company to do a marketing study for Akeley, Nevis and Laporte for purposes of grant writing. It was reported that each city would be responsible for a portion of the cost, which is not known at this time.