Akeley City Council sets special meeting for Thursday

Options for contracted services for water and sewer discussed at the Feb. 10 Akeley council meeting included complete services for everything a city needs, such as employee training and helping employees obtain required state licenses.

Fees for services ranged from $2,000 to $3,000 per month. It was stated that most contracts for this type of services have a no-fault clause to end them with a 30- or 60-day notice.

Council member Dan Riggs said training a person hired to be licensed for these duties could take up to three years for wastewater licenses. The person hired will also need to obtain a Class 5 license for the spray irrigation system.

“Strictly oversight is considerably less,” Mayor Brian Hitchcock said. “But we need that training piece. People’s Service had a lower bid but for less services.”

Hitchcock asked the A&E representative who attended the meeting if a contract could be made for three years with a 30- or 60-day out.

Riggs made a motion for A&E to draw up a three-year contract for services for the city.

Hitchcock said someone missed the application deadline and wondered if they could still apply. The decision was made to post the job openings in the city hall, on the city website and in Park Rapids with a new closing date of Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The Akeley City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 for interviews and to review the A&E contract proposal, if available.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the calcium chloride contract on the Crow Wing Lake Drive area at the same price as last year for a total cost of approximately $2,500 to come out of the parks fund.

  • Approved providing the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with a letter of support for a grant application. The SWCD could also provide information on plantings that will be sustainable in the upcoming road and parks projects.

  • Discussed possible action planned to replace a current culvert for ATVs on State Hwy. 64 fill area with a larger culvert.

  • Discussed how to provide a virtual option for the local board of appeal and equalization meeting at 11:30 a.m. on April 27. City Clerk Kristi Kath said there needs to be an option for people to attend the meeting virtually.

  • Heard audit fieldwork will be happening March 2-3.

  • Heard Police Chief Jimmy Hansen report that he has been taking care of accidents during inclement weather and helping people whose cars are not running during below-zero weather. Hansen said he talked to someone from the Akeley Regional Community Center about a chimney in disrepair and they are looking into it.

  • Heard the park manager position closes Feb. 16.

  • Shared the Heartland Lakes Development Commission Federal CARES Act funding report.

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The next regular council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at city hall.


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