Akeley interviewing campground managers

Five people applied for the park manager position with the city of Akeley.

With the Akeley campground opening in May, a search has begun to find a new manager. (Enterprise file photo)

Discussion at the March 10 Akeley City Council meeting included the possibility that two of the applicants may be withdrawing their applications.

The council authorized City Clerk Kristi Kath and Parks Commissioner Billy Krotzer to interview the candidates, who will be employed as independent contractors with the city.

In other action, the council:

  • Heard from Police Chief Jimmy Hansen that a recent traffic stop resulted in finding heroin that may have been moving from the Cass Lake reservation to the metro area. The driver also received driving under the influence charges. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in this case. Hansen reported that a passenger in the vehicle had a meth pipe.

  • Heard from Hansen that there was an assault in Akeley, where the victim was stabbed multiple times and the suspect was taken into custody later that day.

  • Approved the revision of the city’s use of force and deadly force policy, as recommended by Hansen.

  • Heard the city will be purchasing new picnic tables for the city campground with the $2,000 that had been set aside for that purpose.

  • Approved paying a recurring bill for a phone line for a warning system call-up box for at the city’s main lift station that pumps the sewage to the ponds. The call-up box costs $374 and the phone line is needed to send an alert if there is a problem.

  • Approved paying $1,040 to repair a mirror on a city vehicle, if not covered by insurance. Even though the damage was not reported to the city at the time that it happened, council member Dan Riggs suggested looking into whether insurance will still pay for it.

  • Heard that the Akeley Community Projects Committee will be setting up presentations to update townships and the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District about their progress.

  • Heard from Kenny Holm, the new chair at the Akeley Regional Community Center, that the city’s concern about an old chimney in disrepair is being addressed.

  • Amended the city’s health benefits policy to reflect new insurance information.

The next council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 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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