Osakis mayor announces extended spring cleaning efforts

Streak of warmer weather brings thoughts and plans of upcoming seasons to the Osakis City Council agenda.

Dan Wessel

Osakis typically holds a clean-up day, but Mayor Dan Wessel has decided to extend these efforts to a full week.

"That's kind of my baby right now," Wessel said about the project at the monthly Osakis City Council meeting Monday night.

Wessel spoke with Jeff Bertram of West Central Sanitation, so there will be garbage bins available from May 10 to 15 for city residents.

If people refuse or are unable to tidy up their yards, Wessel said he and Police Chief Chad Gulbranson will go door to door referring them back to city ordinances. If they still don't, Wessel said they will have to pay for assistance and other people will come out to help.

The week will conclude with the usual collection in the Osakis Liquor Store parking lot on Saturday, May 15.


Bringing back the beach

With spring approaching, City Clerk Angela Jacobson asked the council about hiring lifeguards for the upcoming beach season.

The council unanimously agreed that it was time to open the Lake Osakis beach back up to the public, since it was unavailable last year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Watching for speeders

Osakis resident Cody Nelson wrote a letter to the council requesting a four-way stop sign at Pike Street West and Third Avenue West so that vehicles would be forced to slow down more for the safety of kids and families walking in the area.

Gulbranson said turning the two-way stop into a four-way could help when events are held at the high school or athletic fields. He told the council he would have the portable speed tracking sign moved to that area and keep a closer eye on the numbers in the next few weeks to see how the complaint lines up with what's happening.

Other items

  • The council approved a motion for Larson to join council member Laura Backes on the planning and zoning committee, as a spot recently became available.
  • After Wessel, Gulbranson, Council Member Alan Larson and Officer Calvin Uhl interviewed the two part-time Osakis police officers for the available full-time position, they asked the council to offer Officer Preston Oetterer the opening. Oetterer was present at the meeting, and he accepted on the spot.

Jasmine Johnson joined the Echo Press staff in May 2020 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Becker, Minn., and later studied journalism and graphic design at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.
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