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Baxter approves Woida Road feasibility study

BAXTER — Woida Road resurfacing options will be considered after Baxter City Council members approved a feasibility study.

The council approved the study by Widseth Smith Nolting not to exceed $1,500.

Options include repaving in a bituminous overlay of the existing roadway with shoulders and striping, taking up the pavement and putting down 2 inches of pavement as Clearwater Road was handled, or taking up the pavement and laying down an aggregate base with 3.5 inches of pavement applied as though constructing a new city street.

In other business, the council:

Approved the purchase of a truck for the park and trails department to replace the existing 1999 Ford F-250 with a new one from Mills Ford at a cost of $24,632.55. The old truck will be sold at state auction.

Accepted the Fairview Safe Routes to School feasibility study. The study has been a collaborative effort between the Brainerd School District, Crow Wing County, Brainerd and Baxter. The study looks at areas around schools and makes recommendations for safety improvements for walking and biking options for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

The study looked at Baxter’s elementary school and Garfield, Harrison, Lowell and Riverside elementary schools in Brainerd along with Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

Baxter obtained an additional $10,000 in grant funds and has been looking at the potential for a safe route along Fairview Road. The next step moves the four pedestrian connection concepts to the city of Brainerd for acceptance as Brainerd serves as the official grant holder.

One of the questions for Baxter is how wide a boulevard should be included between the road and the trail and if it should be 10-feet or more narrow. The city council heard a lot has yet to be determined with the design and more needs to be considered before it becomes final.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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