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Baxter considers a CUP review process

BAXTER — A review process to make sure conditional use permits are in compliance may be established in Baxter.

Council member Mark Cross said the issue of conditional use permits (CUP) was recently raised during a council session and he proposed starting a regular review. Cross said he’s sure a majority of business owners are in compliance but there are some who aren’t. Cross said the review would be a way to make sure conditions previously set by the city in granting permits were enforced.

Council member Todd Holman said he liked the proactive approach instead of responding to complaints. Holman wondered about staff capacity for the additional work, asking if it may be something for an intern or summer staff member. Mayor Darrel Olson said he had no problem with the plan or the potential for an intern. He noted the city staff, already tasked with other projects, may have to add the CUP review as time allows.

The subject is expected to return in more detail to a Baxter City Council work session.

In other business, the council:

Heard a report from Holman that there will be an expanded edition of the annual Ride with Jim, with former Congressman Jim Oberstar and others bicycling on the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

This year, the July 27 event will celebrate the completion of the trail connecting Baxter south and west to Crow Wing State Park. Those participating in the 11-mile ride to the park are gathering at 9 a.m. at the Northland Arboretum. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at Crow Wing State Park.

Approved a resolution of support for the Cuyuna Regional Trail Project. This planned trail offers a link from the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Baxter through Brainerd and Riverton to link Ironton and Crosby and Deerwood and Aitkin.

Communication opportunities between the city and residents came up at the Tuesday meeting. Holman said the Woida, Wildflower and Franklin street project is an opportunity along with a summer seal-coating plan on city streets. Holman asked if there might be a way to use technology to reach neighbors, noting in St. Paul those who sign up for city messages are reached via email when there is a water-line break or snow emergency.

Noted a correction from a previous council session where the council resolution stated parking would be restricted on Woida Road extending from Excelsior Road to Highway 371 when the parking ban should have stated it extended from Inglewood Drive to Highway 371.

Met in closed session to discuss property negotiations on the Woida Road project.

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