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Brainerd City Council: Final College Drive project costs presented

With the College Drive Project wrapped up, Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether wrote up the final cost of the project during the Brainerd City Council meeting on Monday night.

In a memo to staff, Hulsether said the final project cost was estimated at $9,458,592. When including all related expenses with the final cash receivables the total will be approximately $9,696,940.

Hulsether said currently advanced funds of $700,000 can be used and added that he is projecting upon project completion, the city will have roughly $806,000 in eligible reimbursable expenses above what had already been reimbursed. Hulsether said the city will need to reimburse at least $568,000 of that amount to balance project cost with project revenues.

Council member Bob Olson said the only things that would change in the expenditures would be at the state level. He added that his estimation for the project that he presented to council in June was $9 million, close to what the actual cost came out to be.

In other council action:

Council members Kevin Goedker, Bob Olson and Lucy Nesheim said goodbye Monday night, earning the Tower Award, presented by Mayor James Wallin to the three council members.

“It’s a joyous occasion to get this award and also a sad occasion as we say goodbye,” said Wallin. “These council members have given hours of dedication and service to our city. What I am trying to emphasize is the appreciation and service by these people to our city and our citizens. Their efforts and abilities to try and make this city a beautiful place is appreciated.”

Nesheim said she wanted to first thank all of the council and staff that she had worked with in her time.

“I am leaving with mixed feelings and I will miss you all. Thank you.”

Goedker echoed Nesheim’s sentiment, saying he couldn’t have said it any better than she did.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve,” said Goedker. “Good luck to the people serving after me.”

Olson, who had already previously received the Tower Award, said it had been an honor and privilege to serve and work with the elected officials.

“I will always hold fond memories of what we have accomplished for our city and citizens,” said Olson. “I think the city will be in good hands. Thank you all so much.”

Heard from Central Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Center Director Sam Anderson and men involved in the program, thanking the council for their help. Anderson said on Dec. 17, 2007, council approved the final conditional use permit to come into the community.

“I came tonight because I wanted to say thank you for your service on the council and all of you for sticking your necks out,” said Anderson. “I know there were concerns from the community, looking at bring drug addicts into town. But I just want to say thank you, to each one of you for taking a chance

“I want to say thank you to you,” said council member Bonnie Cumberland to the men. “You guys do so much in our community. When I look at you I see four good men. I as you to finish your training and then turn around and use your talents in our community. That’s what we see when we see you.”

Council President Mary Koep recommended that beginning Tuesday the city removes the interim from Theresa Goble’s title as Brainerd City Administrator. Council unanimously approved the recommendation.

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