The city of Akeley approved the certification of their preliminary 2020-2021 levy of $214,244.86. This represents a 3.581 percent increase from last year’s levy. Insurance premiums are not yet known, but this information will be provided before the final levy certification in December.
In other business, the council:
Approved contracting for 5,400 gallons of propane since the city has 1,700 gallons remaining from last year.
Heard from Police Chief Jimmy Hansen that area law enforcement officers are focusing on intercepting drugs coming into the area.
Tabled action on a bid for resurfacing 2nd and Marie Avenue.
Discussed whether the city mower should be repaired for $1,800 or a new one purchased for around $8,500. Mayor Brian Hitchcock said since the department budgets have already been submitted the old one will need to be repaired.
Tabled a decision on a rental ordinance for the city until further notice.
Discussed information received from the League of Minnesota Cities on non-sufficient funds (NSF) check policies. City Clerk Kristi Kath said she prefers to keep having NSF check collection done by an outside agency. Council member Billy Krotzer said there are only a small number of NSF checks from patrons at the liquor store. The city is currently working on developing a policy. No action was taken.
Tabled applying for a storm shelter grant to use for improvements at the municipal liquor store.
Approved $800 for removing a tree on city property that has rotten branches hanging over Richard Wahlin’s residence.
Discussed having a handicap parking sign outside city hall to identify that space is available or if that isn’t possible repainting the curb blue.
Heard from Kristin Fake during the public comments sections that concern was expressed about a decal on Hansen’s squad car that says “We support the military” being a political statement by a person in authority. Council member consensus was that since no candidate names or slogans are on the vehicle they don’t think it is a problem. “There’s nothing political about it,” council member Bobbie Wosika said.