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BRAINERD CITY COUNCIL: Crow Wing Recycling plant noise levels within reason

It may be a bit noisy, but it’s meeting requirements.

That’s what Brainerd City Engineer Jeff  Hulsether reported to the Brainerd City Council Monday night in regards to complaints that the noise emitted from the Crow Wing Recycling plant was disruptive to surrounding neighbors.

“We did a final test and report on June 25 from six different locations, with the closest location by the apartment buildings on the corner of South Sixth and Buffalo Lane,” said Hulsether. “We collected data before the grinder was turned on and with the exception of some ambient noise from voices and traffic there was nothing really registered from that closest location.

“When the grinder was turned on it was noted that the noise decibels (from South Sixth and Buffalo Lane) increased by three decibels, but the grinder in and of itself does not violate noise standards.”

Residents raised concern during a May council meeting that the plant was excessively noisy and the council agreed to look in to what the actual noise levels were.

Council President Mary Koep said that she wants Hulsether to keep an eye — and ear — on the noise levels and to continue to address issues that surrounding residents may have.

“Hopefully it will be resolved,” said Koep, “but we need to be ready to address it (the noise levels) if we need to again in the future.”

In other business:

Koep reminded the public that the city's pilot rebate program is still available to residential property owners who make improvements to their homes.

Properties eligible for the program include owner-occupied single-family homes and rental single family homes and duplexes. Koep said mobile homes and apartment buildings larger than duplexes are not eligible.

Eligible projects include:

• Any remodeling of residential properties that requires a building permit

• Repair and replacement of garages, re-roofing, re-siding, window replacement and general building permits.

Ineligible project include decks, mechanical and plumbing work and after-the-fact permits are not eligible for the rebate.

Eligibility is also limited to permits for projects issued after June 1, 2012 and prior to Nov. 1, 2012.

Fees will only be rebated to the property owner up to a maximum of $500 and fees must be paid up front. After the project has passed its final inspection, a check and “Thank You” letter will be issued.

Council will be holding a special chamber meeting relating to Brainerd unemployment from 6-8 p.m. on July 23 at Central Lakes College.

The personnel and finance committee will be looking for grant applications to put in a ramp and elevator at the Brainerd Area Civic Center. Discussion will remain ongoing for improvements to the arena.

A call for applicants for the following positions:

• Economic development authority, one position with term to expire on Sept. 7, 2013.

• Cable TV advisory committee, one position with term to expire Dec. 31, 2012

• Transportation committee, two positions with both terms to expire Dec. 31, 2013.

The filing period for Ward 1 and Ward 3 city council seats in November’s election will open July 31 and close Aug. 14. Filings for open positions are accepted at city hall.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).