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Brainerd City Council: More time given on Imgrund decision

Granted a 60-day extension to allow more time for review at the Sept. 4 Brainerd City Council meeting, the council on Monday again tabled the issue of a decision on Justin Imgrund’s application for a conditional use permit for an automotive sales and service business on Washington and Northwest Second streets.

Imgrund originally applied for conditional use permits to put in an automotive sales and service business and a variance for less green space than required for the undeveloped lot on Washington and Northwest Second streets, just west of the Mississippi River, during an Aug. 9 Brainerd planning and zoning commission meeting. The lot, near Ace Hardware, has been home to Balsam Lane’s Christmas tree sales each winter and abuts the Tyrol Hills residential area.

Residents of Tyrol Hills openly opposed Imgrund moving his business to the area during the Aug. 20 council meeting, with many voicing concern that the business will greatly affect the neighborhood through of noise and lowering property value.

During the Aug. 20 meeting, following a lengthy open forum on the matter, council made a motion to postpone and readdress the permit. The motion was approved 5-2 with Olson and Koep voting no.

The 60-day extension from the Sept. 4 meeting was approved 6-1 with council member Kevin Goedker voting no.

Since the Sept. 4 council meeting, the Imgrund’s have met with Tyrol Hills residents to comply with city ordinance and are working with KLD to prepare a final site design. The site design required more time, and the Imgrund’s requested to have until the Oct. 1 meeting to present it to council.

City Attorney Tom Fitzpatrick recommended that council grants the two-week extension and wait until Oct. 1 council meeting for further discussion and action. Council unanimously agreed.

Brainerd city planner Mark Ostgarden reminded the public on campaign sign policy. Ostgarden said that signs are not allowed in the public right of way and suggested a good rule of thumb would be to place signs 33-feet back from the center of the pavement.

Also in his report, Ostgarden said there will be a neighborhood meeting at 5:30 on Wednesday at the Buffalo Hills Park Pavilion for residents adjacent to the Buffalo Hills Trail.

Call for applicants for the following positions:

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

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

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

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