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Akeley clerk/treasurer resigns

Akeley's Clerk/Treasurer Melody Boettcher is resigning from her position, but plans to stay around for awhile. She did not give a date her resignation becomes effective.

"This was not an easy decision to make," she said in a letter to the council that was shared at Wednesday night's council meeting. "My time here has been very rewarding. I appreciate the relationships I have gained both with my coworkers and the public. Thank you for the support and opportunities you have provided me during the last two years. I have truly enjoyed working for the City of Akeley and am more than grateful for the encouragement each of you have given me. I would like to help during this transition in order to facilitate the seamless passing of my responsibilities to my successor, so that the city continues to function smoothly after my departure."

"I'd like to thank her for not leaving us high and dry," Mayor Brian Hitchcock said.

The council made a motion to accept Boettcher's resignation and will be looking for someone to fill the position. Applicants with an accounting background are encouraged to submit their resumes.

In other business, the council:

• Set the city budget meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. The budget needs to be approved at the Sept. 12 council meeting and submitted by Sept. 30.

• Heard the city audit is not done yet but will be completed this month.

• Heard from Police Chief Jimmy Hansen that the city's Night to Unite Aug. 7 was well attended. "I think we went through five cases of hot dogs," council member Bobbie Wosika said. Hubbard in Prevention and trail association members also were on hand to meet with the public. Hansen thanked the city for contributing money for the event.

• Authorized the purchase of 5,000 gallons of propane from Lakes Area Cooperative at a cost of $1.25 per gallon. Payment is due by Aug. 17.

• Tabled action on a decision about animal licensing until the Sept. 12 meeting. Hansen suggested even if they do away with licensing due to low participation they keep the ordinance in place. If an animal is picked up without tags, it is taken to the Headwaters Animal Shelter. Hansen also suggested including a copy of the ordinance in everyone's water bill.

• Heard the new truck for plowing approved at last month's meeting has been purchased and the old one will be stored and offered for sale this fall when it will get a higher price.

• Heard a "thank you" to water/sewer/maintenance supervisor Kelly VandenEykel for taking the time to check on water bills for residents who had concerns.

• Heard Jacob Emmeck resigned as chief of the Eastern Hubbard County Fire Department. Troy Hegg is filling the position with a six-month initial probationary period.

• Revisited the Brooks and Susan Johnson request for a division of property, with both lots having access to Broadway Street. The council tabled action until they can talk to the county and share the plans the Johnsons submitted.

• Suggested a notice regarding a fire district levy be sent to the owner in a timely matter notifying them the expense will be assessed against the property if it is not paid.

• Heard a request from Marilyn Ferrie, who lives on Crow Wing Lake Drive, for more gravel to be put down on that road so the chloride will do more good. She described the surface currently as "hard sand." Washouts and drainage issues on the road were also discussed. She encouraged the city to include upkeep and work on that road in their budget for next year. Wosika said drivers should also observe the 10 mile per hour speed limit on that road for the safety of kids and dogs in the area.