BRAINERD CITY COUNCIL: What do you like about Brainerd?
What do you like about Brainerd? What would you like to change? These are two questions the city of Brainerd is looking to have answered with its Citizen Survey.
Approved by Brainerd City Council Monday night, the Citizen Survey is a tool to gauge resident feedback by asking the basic questions about residents’ likes and dislikes in the city of Brainerd.
Questions may be added to further feedback and the survey, which will be posted to the city website until June 30, 2012, will be anonymous.
A couple spoke on behalf of a community family, requesting to waive the need of a variance permit to add on to their home after the family had faced hardship following the birth of their twin sons, one of whom is having heart surgery.
Acknowledging the challenging situation, Brainerd City Administrator Dan Vogt voiced his concerns with council waiving the variance.
“You (council) put staff in a tough situation by approving things that you put in place,” Vogt said. “The neighbor had to go through the variance and I know it’s tough to vote against when you hear from people on issues like the ones we’ve heard tonight, but it really puts staff in a tough situation.
“We’ve done everything we can do to try accommodate people in the process of laying down our plans, but when you guys change your mind after hearing from the public, it really puts staff in a tough position.”
Council member Bob Olson responded to Vogt, saying, “It isn’t my intention to put staff in any position. We are looking at a situation that’s abnormal and is something that needs quick action.”
The variance passed 6-1 with council member Bonnie Cumberland voting against.
Motorists may expect delays on College Drive in coming days with signals going down in order for work to resume on the College Drive project. The road will remain open to traffic through the construction.
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