October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the Akeley City Council approved a revision of the Akeley Police Department’s domestic abuse arrest policy at their Oct. 9 meeting to reflect state mandates regarding qualified domestic violence-related offenses.

The new policy includes first- or second-degree murder, domestic assault by strangulation, malicious punishment of a child, threats of violence, violation of a harassment restraining order, stalking, interference with an emergency call and violation of a domestic abuse no contact order.

Police Chief Jimmy Hansen thanked the clerk and deputy clerk for doing a great job keeping up with mandated changes in the city’s policies.

In other action, the council:

  • Tabled a decision on adopting a police ride-along policy that is based on one from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department website and includes a waiver for liability to the city. Council member Billy Krotzer said he especially likes that part because it covers the city. Council member Bobbie Wosika said she likes that they ask for notice a week in advance before a ride along and that the policy is in depth.

“It covers all the bases in my eyes,” Mayor Brian Hitchcock said. “I think we should send this to the League (of Minnesota Cities) and see what they think.”

  • Discussed a $1,000 fire call bill from July that has not been paid. The Eastern Hubbard County Fire District sent the bill to the city. If it is not paid by Nov. 1, the city will pay it and the resident will be informed that if the city is not paid by Nov. 30 the amount due will be assessed to their 2020 property taxes.

  • Voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Janet Sheets to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), as recommended by the HRA committee to fill the opening when Bruce Beckley stepped down. It has not yet been determined if Sheets will fill the position of vice president that Beckley previously held. That will be discussed at the committee’s next meeting.

  • Heard the search for used replacement docks for the city campground will continue. So far prices on used docks for sale have ranged from $3,000 to $7,000.

  • Heard the Akeley community projects committee is moving forward with improvement plans working with Moore Engineering and a grant writer.

  • Discussed putting the city hall on a maintenance schedule that includes washing the building. The council will look into a water connection to see if this can be done in the spring.

The next regular council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at city hall.