By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The Randall City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pay the Little Falls Police Department $1 for 9-year-old Ellie, a black lab K-9 drug dog.
Ellie has been with Little Falls Police Officer and Randall’s Police Chief Chuck Strack for several years and Strack said she has several good years of work left.
“I would hate to retire her,” said Strack, who has worked with drug dogs for 14 years.
Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers said Ellie is at an age where she should be retired from the Little Falls Police Force, and it will not be retiring its other K-9.
“If Ellie retires, she will come to live with me,” said Strack. “But, she is a huge asset, too much so to retire.”
The City Council will take over the annual expenses incurred by Ellie, which include food ($300), vet bills ($200), membership in the K-9 Association ($50 per year) and annual certification ($100).
Ellie will not be exclusive to Randall’s Police Department, but will continue to work with the Little Falls Police and the Drug Task Force, said Strack.
“I don’t see a downside to this,” said Mayor Bob Riitters.
Randall City Council briefs
Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:
• Announcing City Recorder Angie Magee is leaving the city’s employment and that about 30 people have applied for her position. The city will be taking applications until the close of business Friday. The Council set Saturday, June 29, to review the applications individually, then meet as a whole Monday, July 1, at 9 a.m. to choose who will be interviewed;
• Thanking Magee and former Council Member Jerry Carter for their years of service;
• Accepting donations from the Randall Cushing Lions ($250) for the flower pot project; the Randall VFW ($1,200) for the Randall baseball team; and AdStar Financial Services ($3,000) to Vision Randall for a housing study;
• Hearing from Kevin Brown, a representative of the Yellow Ribbon Network, that Morrison County was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon County and Randall a Yellow Ribbon City;
• Agreeing to sign the updated service agreement with Minnesota Power which added a line item stating the amount of any credits from wind energy coming to the city;
• Asking Police Chief Chuck Strack to bring more information to the Council concerning the auctioning off of a vehicle seized in a drug bust;
• Placing recently installed Council Member Dan Noss on the Utility, Budget and Personnel committees and appointing Charlie Andres as the deputy mayor;
• Voting to adopt the Government Accounting Standards as recommended by the city’s accounting service;
• Voting to spend $3,960 to repair approximately three blocks of the alley behind Pacific Avenue to eliminate water running across it. Crosby and Sons will be doing the work;
• Voting to donate $450 to the Initiative Foundation;
• Permitting the Randall Presbyterian Church to hold a dance Sunday, July 28;
• Extending the Randall Municipal Bar hours to 1 a.m. Thursday, July 4, during the July 3 celebrations;
• Voting to close the Municipal Bar at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4; and
• Permitting Tammy Steffen to have her home demolished by a controlled burn July 6.
The next regular City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, July 17, beginning at 7 p.m.