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Baxter City Council: City passes no parking resolutions for city streets

BAXTER — Motorists in Baxter may want to keep an eye on the no parking signs.

Police Chief Jim Exsted said in preparing for the Fourth of July celebrations in Baxter last summer, several city streets had no parking signs but no ordinances in place to back those signs up.

To enforce the signs, Exsted asked the council to adopt no parking resolutions on several city streets — east side of Memorywood Drive; both sides of Cedardale Lane; both sides of Clearwater Road from Green Briar to Cypress Drive; both sides of College Road from Highland Scenic Drive to Highway 371; both sides of Cypress Drive from Excelsior road north; both sides of Excelsior Drive from Inglewood Drive to the intersection of Highway 371; both sides of Isle Drive from Glory Road south; both sides of Kingwood Drive from Parkwood Drive to Interlachen Road; both sides of Mountain Ash Drive from Highland Scenic Drive to the intersection of Jericho Road; both sides of Oakwood Drive by the Whipple Lake Recreation Area.

“It doesn’t mean we are looking for something to do,” Exsted said, noting officers aren’t going to run out there and write tickets but would have the ability to enforce it if there was a complaint. “It’s never been a huge issue anywhere.”

They get a few complaints during garage sale season.

Council member Jim Klein said he has a no parking sign by his yard but during garage sale season, people park right there anyway. The city hasn’t been enforcing Memorywood Drive as a no parking area.

Council member Todd Holman was out of the city with his job and absent Tuesday.

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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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