Aitkin City Council to interview City Admin candidates, hold off on Fireworks decision

The Aitkin City Council held their second meeting in the month of May as they moved closer to choosing a new City Administrator while discussing the future of the 4th of July Fireworks display.

The Council approved Special Event Permits for street closure for the Aitkin United Methodist Church to hold outdoor worship services and a parking restriction for the Lakes & Woods Plant Sale.

Gary Weiers of David Drown Associates, laid out to the Council out of 10 candidates for the City Administrator the protocol of selecting who to interview.

Weiers selections

The Council selected 4 candidates to interview on June 4th with department heads and Council members. Aitkin Fire Chief Brian Pisarek updated the Council on some of the Fire Department’s procedures during COVID-19.

Pisarek update

Aitkin Police Chief Tim Catlin informed the Council of their removal of the Community Access Channel. The Council moved to release the channel back to Charter Communications. Mayor Gary Tibbits reviewed the Iron Range Mayor’s Letter to Governor Tim Walz.

Tibbits letter

Interim City Administrator Jerry Bohnsack, in his report, noted of port-a-potties returning to Aitkin City Park, the new siren is up and testing will be done this week, and plans to reopen the City with social distancing rules around June 1st. The Council also approved 1-acre of the Tibbetts Park to be designated for an unleashed dog park. 

Council member Leeann Moriarity mentioned to the Council of waiting on making a decision for the 2020 Fireworks display.

Moriarity fireworks

The Council will further discuss their options whether to postpone fireworks or not until their June 1st meeting. The Aitkin City Council is next scheduled to meet on Monday, June 1st from the Aitkin Public Library.