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Baxter seeks proposal to assist with Isle Drive project

BAXTER — For the 2015 Isle Drive project, Baxter City Council members agreed to seek a proposal from WSB & Associates.

Gordon Heitke, city administrator, said with the complex and challenging work for the project, a fair amount of negotiation for property acquisition and the city’s first roundabout, WSB would help city staff already busy with other projects.

Heitke said having someone independent to do the work may also avoid any perceived conflicts that could come from working with a firm that may later want to bid for the design job.

Heitke said the city could still turn down a proposal if it wasn’t acceptable.

In other business, the council:

Referred proposed changes to the city’s landscape and subdivision ordinance back to the planning commission with suggestions to look again at options for native grasses in a nod to reducing the need to water and for suggested changes to requirements for trees and islands in industrial parking areas and in small parking areas where there are trees on the perimeter.

There were also suggestions to look at the parking stall sizes in areas where cars tend to have front ends overlap the sidewalk and then expand the sidewalks there to allow for the vehicles while retaining a four-foot sidewalk for pedestrians. The smaller parking stall would mean a zero increase in impervious surface.

Approved moving forward with a Whiskey Creek stormwater management study by looking at next steps to implement water treatment, potentially at the former Golf Course property with development expected there, and the Westgate Mall, where stormwater is not treated now. The goal is to reduce pollution flowing into Whisky Creek. Next steps will include talking to property owners and will likely include input from the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District.

Approved a Widseth Smith Nolting proposal for engineering services for the Edgewood Drive stormwater study not to exceed $4,000.

Approved the Autumn Glen Senior Living agreement for development.

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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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