Stopping drugs coming through Akeley has been an ongoing effort by Police Chief Jimmy Hansen.

He told the council at their Aug. 13 meeting that a traffic stop involving meth in December brought in over $500, and the amount remaining after the county attorney and state fees are paid will go to the city to disperse.

“A traffic stop July 18 on Hwy. 34, just east of Akeley, resulted in 56 grams of meth, which is about $3,000 worth of drugs that were intercepted before it was moving on to Red Lake,” he said.

On Aug. 1, a suspicious vehicle was stopped and meth and a deer rifle were found in the vehicle. “We just happened to be at exactly the right place at the right time,” he said. “I met the vehicle on the highway and as it proceeded to one of our local establishments, stopped the vehicle with license plates that were out of state and had been spray painted over. As a result, there was methamphetamine found in the vehicle with smoking devices and a loaded deer rifle, which the City of Akeley has as evidence right now.”

Hansen said guns that are seized which are legal firearms can be used or sold to a licensed firearms dealer.

“We don’t have a rifle, so this might be utilized by our department,” he said.

The council received copies of the updated police ride-along policy to review and discuss at next month’s meeting.

The police sexual investigation procedure was adopted, as recommended by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to comply with the state and approved by the League of Minnesota Cities.

Jeremy Moen shared comments about his dealings with law enforcement during the public forum.

City improvements and updates

Improvements in the works for the City of Akeley include patching the parking lot at the Akeley Senior Center, slated to begin within the next two weeks.

Due to damage from the cold last winter, all cracks will be filled and the parking lot resurfaced at a cost of just over $200 for materials, which will be covered by the city. Labor for the project will be donated.

In other business, the council:

  • Scheduled a 2020 budget work session for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.

  • Authorized purchasing a used electric golf cart with new batteries and a charger for not more than $4,000 to use at the city campground. The cart will be customized to hold cleaning supplies used for cleaning bathrooms and other needs at the park. Adding lights and a canopy was also suggested. It was decided to buy an electric golf cart with a new battery because they are quieter than gas models and will be less disruptive to campers.

  • Discussed adding a moveable wooden platform by the campground office to store wood and ice where it is visible to customers and is convenient for the managers. A concrete slab was ruled out because of Department of Natural Resources regulations.

  • Asked Arvig for a quote to get security cameras at the campground working. The Akeley Community Projects committee asked the city to research past plans related to the project to make sure they have approval before they proceed. Council member Dan Riggs said funds have been set aside to help with the project too.

  • Discussed a request to use city hall as a polling place for the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) school district’s capital improvement levy referendum on Nov. 5. Any cost to the city will be covered by the district. Frank Lamb said 100 Akeley and Nevis students attend WHA.

  • Tabled a decision on appointing someone to fill in for council member Margaret Bond-Vorel until next month.

  • Appointed Bobbie Wosika as member at large for the Akeley Housing and Redevelopment Authority.