The Akeley Council approved replacing the old use of force/deadly force police policy with a new one at their Oct. 14 meeting.

“This is just the beginning of what law enforcement will be mandated to do,” Police Chief Jimmy Hansen said, explaining that these changes came about because of issues with the use of police force in Minnesota this summer. “Every agency in the state will be addressing this.”

In other business, the city:

  • Declined a request from a resident to offer a Zoom meeting option for people who are compromised and feel that they can’t make it to in-person meetings due to COVID-19. “We voted to have in-person meetings several months ago,” Mayor Brian Hitchcock said. “If the governor changes things we’ll work with that.” Meetings are recorded and the meeting minutes are posted on the city website.

  • Tabled work on the five-year water/sewer rate plan until the next city budget session.

  • Heard that work is progressing in preparation for WiFi cameras by Arvig at the city park.

  • Approved $2,668 for work on the city’s aging irrigators to replace “U” joints that have been cracking.

  • Approved selling the city’s old truck and plow on K-Bid and tabled listing the city’s old mower for sale until spring.

  • Accepted the low bid for a plow for the new truck from Akeley Auto for $6,734.

  • Heard the city is continuing to work on compiling a list of expenses for the CARES grant to submit to Hubbard County. Out of the $38,000 available so far, the expenses the city incurred are less than $10,000.

  • Approved a motion to write a check for $20,000 to go back to the Heartland Lakes Development Commission and send the group the remainder of the CARES grant that isn’t used for city expenses by the deadline.

  • Heard a thank you card and gift of money were sent by a woman from Backus in appreciation of the nice, clean city bathroom.

  • Tabled action on NSF and deposit procedures until the November meeting.

  • Approved Moore Engineering’s environmental review compliance letter and environmental assessment statement for the Community Parks Project.

  • Approved use of the lake access by the Akeley Ice Racers.

  • Heard a letter of thanks for the gift from the city to the Akeley Library.

  • Set a park “end of season” work session for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

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The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, due to Veteran’s Day being observed on Wednesday, Nov. 11.