Randall City Council votes to accept revisions to police policies

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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The Randall City Council voted to accept all revisions made to its police department policies after an audit by the The Minnesota Police Officers Standard and Training (POST) Board.

After last week’s audit, Police Chief Chuck Strack made the required changes to the policies, presenting them to the Council at Wednesday’s meeting.

“The Minnesota Police Officers Standard and Training Board establishes model policies for departments to follow,” said Strack. “They conduct audits as they see fit.”

One of the changes concerned air support during a pursuit. The addition to the policy stated the city must accept air support when it’s available and that support would be the primary vehicle.

Another policy needed updated phone numbers added.

“The police department was in compliance,” said Strack. “It just needed to revise some of its policies. The changes were minor.”

Randall City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:

• Tabling the vote on whether or not to participate in a joint powers agreement with other cities for a grant that would assist communities the new Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail;

• Hearing a report from CW3 Derrick Lindberg from Camp Ripley on the expected activities happening at Camp Ripley this summer;

• Hearing that Stearns Electric donated $500 in electric work and Knife River Corporation donated about $1,000 in cement work for the new Veterans Memorial being erected in Randall;

• Learning the state of Minnesota lists 10 holidays during which state business cannot be conducted. What the Council was not sure of was if those days were valid for city government and if the city offices were required to be closed. Mayor Bob Riitters will look into it further. Those holidays include New Year’s Day, Christmas, July 4, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day;

• Approving the building permits for Jackie Magee to add new siding and windows to her home; Bill Kuesel to replace windows and a door on his home and windows and siding on his garage; Rick Anderson to erect a 12-foot by 19-foot deck; William Nutz to install a chain link fence for a dog, a privacy fence for cars and a wheel chair ramp; Wayne Thomsen to erect a 12-foot by 16-foot storage shed and a six-foot by six-foot dog kennel; and Mark Medley to erect a 48-foot long, six-foot tall wood fence;

• Requesting the city administration enforce the shut-off policy for unpaid utilities;

• Making the decision not to pay for half the tarring at the Victory Station on Highway 10. Council members said the area being tarred is primarily used for customer parking and is not an asset to the city; and

• Discussing rewriting the city’s policy on its street assessments. A special meeting was scheduled for Monday June 4, at 9 a.m. at the fire hall to make changes.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m.