Akeley searching for new park managers

This summer’s Akeley City Campground managers Rick and Kathy Cole have notified the city they are not returning next year.

New managers are being sought to run he popular campground on 11th Crow Wing Lake in Akeley. Enterprise 2020 file photo.

The council approved city hall starting the hiring process to find new managers for next season at the Oct. 13 meeting. Council member Bobbie Wosika suggested checking with other cities to see what they are offering their managers as part of the hiring process.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved renewing the Johnson Jet Line Contract for five years for sanitary sewer maintenance, starting in 2022.

  • Heard that Minnesota Rural Water helped repair a fire hydrant and work has been completed to fix a small crack in the water tower.

  • Heard the city water and sewer department would be getting quotes for someone to do brushing at the sewer ponds.

  • Heard the Eastern Hubbard County Fire Department discussed raising the equipment cost from $4,000 to $6,000 per year. They are also considering raising the contract cost by $1,000 a year. The city is currently looking at $5,000 per year for equipment in the proposed budget. Mayor Brian Hitchcock suggested discussing this at the next city budget meeting before making a decision.

  • Tabled reimbursing Wosika $56 for the community parks projects committee’s post office box rental for the year. Hitchcock asked if it would be possible to just have their mail sent to the city office instead since funds received go through the city.

  • Heard from Dan Riggs that since building materials are down building ordinances regarding exteriors in town should be enforced again. Previously, enforcement had been tabled due to the high cost of materials since the pandemic began. A letter will go out from the city to affected property owners that need work completed.

  • Heard that the city is working with Laura Hadrava on paperwork from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for traffic speed signs. The city would like two signs on Hwy. 64 and two on Hwy. 34.

  • Heard there were four building permits issued in September.

The next Akeley City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 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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