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Mobile food trailers will now be allowed to operate in Brainerd, as well as food trucks.

At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group agreed to amend a previous vote on the trial period allowing food trucks to serve food within city limits. The new vote will allow food trailers as well during the trial period.

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The move comes after the city received a request from Brainerd residents Kim and Deza Pracht to operate a trailer called Grub on the Go. It would feature items like specialty coffee, shaved ice, hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, fries and soup.

But the initial vote made late last year prevented the Prachts from operating the business in the city.

Last December, the council extended the trial period for mobile food truck public sales through 2014. After the trial period, officials will review the policy.

Based on that language, only food trucks are allowed. To allow food trailers as well, the council needed to amend that motion.

City Planner Mark Ostgarden said he knew “the day would come that the city would get another application for another type of operation.”

Food trailers will only be permitted in previously named food sale zones and would need to comply with the licensing and operating requirements previously established by the council.

Kim Pracht said the trailer is 26-feet long and attached to a recreational vehicle and has a full kitchen.

“We plan on serving good food at a reasonable price,” he said. “We want to go to softball games and cater to the public.”

He added that he and his wife recently moved to Brainerd to be close to family and operate the trailer business.

“We’re hoping to do business here,” he said. “It’s our income here. It’s all we have.”

Kim Pracht said he’s not looking to take away business from other places in Brainerd, but he wants to be treated as a local business as well.

In other council news:

Suspended the Building Permit Rebate program as of March 20 and agreed to review the decision and data in a year. There were 101 rebate applications for permits issued in 2012. Those residential properties eligible for the program were owner-occupied single-family homes, as well as licensed single-family homes and duplex rentals. The total amount refunded for 2012 was $7,223. The council agreed it was a good program, but thought most people were not aware of it.

Heard a request from the Crow Wing County Land Services Department in regard to the proposed classification of non-conservation on parcels that are going forfeit in the Serene Pines and Dalmar Estates subdivisions. The city has multiple special assessments levied against both subdivisions.

The council approved the special assessments be re-attached to the tracts of land to which they were originally assessed and those parcels be classified as non-conservation and offered for sale.

The council also requested the county board classify a land lot in Serene Pines as conservation and to retain the parcel for public purposes.

Adopted a resolution calling for a hearing at 7:30 p.m. April 7 on proposed 2014 street reconstruction projects. The estimated cost is $355,553 for street reconstruction, with about $130,000 being assessed against benefiting properties. The streets involved are: 10th Avenue Northeast from J to L streets; 11th Avenue Northeast from J to L streets; J Street Northeast from 10th to 11th avenues; L Street northeast from 10th to 11th avenues.

Awarded the bid for the 2014 street resurfacing projects to Tri-City Paving, Little Falls, for $359,926. That’s 2.9 percent below the estimate made by the city. Streets in the project include: Willow, South Seventh – 13th Southeast, 10th Avenue Northeast, Highway 25 to Highway 210, and South Fifth Street, from Laurel to Front streets.

Approved a request to utilize up to $4,500 of Drug Forfeiture Funds for new investigator mobile computers.

Accepted with regret the resignation of police officer Matthew Stein and requested the Police and Civil Service Commission to certify the top three candidates from the eligibility list.

Appointed the following residents to the Mississippi River Steering Committee: Shaun Stanich and Toni Czeczok.

JESSICA LARSEN may be reached at jessica.larsen@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brainerdnews.

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