National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Police and fire departments will be on hand. There will be games, balloon twisting, face painting, food and live music by Isaac Meyer.

The Akeley council acknowledged donations of $2,000 from the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District and $20 from Granny’s Unique Gifts for Akeley’s National Night Out event. The council also approved a $750 donation from the city towards the Night Out event. “It’s definitely a good cause these days,” council member Dan Riggs said.

Any incoming donations received between now and Aug. 3 were approved for use for this year’s event.

In other business the council:

  • Acknowledged a donation from Enbridge of $10,000 for the Paul Bunyan Trailhead project.

  • Heard a report from Chuck Andress that the Akeley Community Projects Committee is looking at constructing a helicopter pad near the Heartland Trail. The helicopter project has been in the works for a long time, and they are getting together with DNR staff whose land it will be on to move forward on the project.

  • Clarified that the Minnesota Department of Transportations State Hwy. 34 project is scheduled for 2023.

  • Approved a resolution for the city to apply for American Rescue Plan Act funding.

  • Approved a $500 donation from the city to the Hubbard County Posse for the two days they patrolled during Paul Bunyan Days.

  • Tabled a request by Akeley Municipal Liquor Store manager Lacey Hitchcock for a cleaning/stocker position up to two hours a day five days a week for $20 an hour so that more information can be gathered, including the possibility of existing staff doing these jobs.

  • Approved extending a roof on the building at the campground where wood is kept at a cost of $548 in materials and $250 in labor. The area could also provide extra storage in the winter.

  • Tabled a decision on the need for crushed granite for the road by the water plant to help channel water so it’s better for bicycles.

  • Heard a water/sewer/maintenance report from Reid Watson, including information about budgeting for a pumper truck next year, and asking council members to look at a washout on the road above the pavilion that impacts the structure when it rains.

  • Approved spending up to $750 to replace a gasket for the city irrigator.

  • Discussed removing hypodermic needles caught in the lift station pump at the city campground that may be affecting its performance.

  • Heard from DNR representative John Steward about the need to remove the old wood pilings down by the pier, which could be a safety issue.

  • Heard from council member Bobbie Wosika that what the city is currently doing for non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks is working, so no formal NSF policy is needed at this time.

  • Heard the city will resume enforcing the unfinished structures ordinance once lumber and other material prices stabilize

  • Heard a suggestion to put up signs to better direct campers at the city park to the campground office, along with updated directions on the city website that are better than what Google maps is giving.

  • Approved a resolution not waiving monetary limits on liability insurance.

  • Closed the meeting for an employee evaluation of City Clerk Kristi Kath.

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