Akeley City Council will hold budget work session Aug. 22

The Akeley City Council set a budget work session for 6 p.m. Monday Aug. 22 at city hall. The meeting is needed in preparation for the preliminary levy certification that is due in September.

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The Akeley City Council set a budget work session for 6 p.m. Monday Aug. 22 at city hall. The meeting is needed in preparation for the levy certification that is due in September.

In other business at their Aug. 10 meeting the council:

  • Approved a resolution acknowledging donations from community members to the Akeley Community Projects fund and from organizations for the National Night Out event.
  • Approved resolutions for temporary easements needed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for locations on Broadway Street during the State Hwy. 34 project planned for next summer. Maps of the easements are available to view in the office.
  • Approved a contract with Lakes Area Coop for 7,000 gallons of propane at a cost of $13,650.
  • Heard all floating city swim docks need to have a lifetime registration number painted on them by Aug. 19.
  • Heard a report from Police Chief Jimmy Hansen that included reviewing the city’s “Avoiding Racial Profiling” policy and that the National Night Out event was a success. Hansen said he is working on lighting issues in town and having Sentence to Serve workers clean up some properties that have reverted to county ownership.  
  • Heard in the water/sewer/maintenance report that well number two may need some repairs that could cost $16,000. The alternative would be to have a new well drilled. A cost estimate of repairs will be brought to the council before they decide which option to pursue.
  • Heard the city received advice from the League of Minnesota Cities regarding the joint powers agreement with East Hubbard County Fire District. 
  • Approved paying Moore Engineering $471.25 and $6,427.50 for work on the Akeley Community Project.
  • Approved a resolution to sell a parcel of undeveloped property off Grand Avenue to Austin and Kayla Hickman who plan to build a new home. Council member Dan Riggs abstained.
  • Discussed other options for where to put rock, Class V and brush the city currently has on the parcel being sold.
  • Heard an update that representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Hubbard County Soil and Water will be coming to look at issues with the city campground road.  

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at city hall.

Akeley City Clerk Kristi Kath said the HRA needs to present the city with a resolution that they are transferring all funds, estimated to be approximately $13,700, at the February council meeting.
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The police department was the largest chunk of the project at $98,611, followed by streets at $95,513, fire protection at $17,392, public safety/pumper replacement at $6,000, the general fund at $5,659 and the cemetery fund at $1,500.

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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