Aitkin City Council hires Police Chief, will be repurposing Skate Park for Pickleball Courts

Aitkin City Council hires Police Chief, will be repurposing Skate Park for Pickleball Courts

April 6, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold (4/6/21)

(Aitkin, MN) — The Aitkin City Council moved forward with hiring a new Police Chief and will be repurposing the City SkatePark during their regular Council meeting Monday night from the Aitkin Public Library Community Room.

The Council approved resolutions for authorizing to make applications and accepting funds from the IRRRB and Blandin Foundation. Approval was also given to the Aitkin Utility Easement totaling $4,050, a resolution for a 75-foot Setback Variance, and a Minor Subdivision Application on behalf of John Heins.

Phil Martin of Bolton & Menk spoke before the Council on the lone bid for the 2021 Road Improvement Project.

Approval was given to accept the bid from Utility Systems of America on a total of $1,131,773 for the 2021 Road Improvement Project. The Council also relayed information for Larry Shaskey that the Planning Commission will be taking into consideration on handicapped curbs on the Northwest and Southeast corners of the intersection of 3rd Street SE and 2nd Avenue SE. City Administrator Rose Beverly, on behalf of the Personnel Committee, recommended their choice for the Aitkin Police Chief position.

Interim Chief Ryan will be hired as Aitkin Police Chief, effective April 9th, 2021. Council member Amanda Lowe gave the Council a Parks Committee update, which included a decision for the pickleball courts project.

The decision to repurpose the Aitkin Skate Park for the space to be used for PickleBall Courts was approved by the Council, while also approving Bolton & Menk to consult in the Warming House and Community Room Project in the design aspect. The existing space where the pickleball courts were supposed to be placed, other ideas were presented.

The Aitkin City Council reinstated the $5 dog licenses that can be bought at the Aitkin Police Station and City Hall, and also approved sending the City’s opposition of HF 1104 for Prohibition of Peace Officer Civil Liability Immunity. 

The Aitkin City Council will meet again on Monday, April 19th.