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Baxter approves CUP as rental townhomes replace plans for apartment building

BAXTER — The Baxter City Council approved a conditional use permit for two, six-unit rental townhomes on Cypress Drive.

The townhomes are going up instead of a planned 50-unit apartment building with underground parking. The council heard there wasn’t demand with the economy for another larger apartment building in the complex. In place of that apartment building, the townhomes will be built in front of the other three-story apartment buildings. Kuepers requested the conditional use permit for the town.

Berrywood Park is to the north of the development. Each townhome will have a garage with private driveway and guest parking spaces. Baxter increased the setback to 10 feet from the road’s edge and noted 42 trees are proposed for the site.

Council member Mark Cross, who works at Kuepers, abstained from the vote.

In other business, the council:

Approved a special event permit for the Brainerd Lakes Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on June 28 at Forestview Middle School. About 2,100 people are expected for the event, which has been ongoing since 2008.

Approved purchase of three-quarter ton regular cab pickup truck with plow for the parks and trails. Cost in the 2014 budget is $26,000 with $11,000 in additional cost for the snow plow and accessories. The truck will be available to respond to citywide emergencies.

Agreed to purchase Navillus Land Co. property for $261,000 for street right-of-way at Forthun/Isle Drive and College Road and Cypress Drive and expansion of Berrywood Park.

Approved the trail extension projects for Oscar Kristofferson Park and Loren Thompson Park. In addition, the council approved the Riverview Park boardwalk and trail extension.

Extended the expiration date of two years to record the Autumn Glenn Second Addition plat to Dec. 17, 2015 to allow time to complete items from design plans, to title issues and construction financing.

Scheduled a public hearing for certification of delinquent utility bills, invoices and abatements for 7 p.m. June 3.

Heard from a resident the convoy of single-axle school buses gathering in a church parking lot off Fairview Road and then using the service drive are hammering the roadway like a convoy of semis. The man said the school buses should be using Highway 210 some 15 feet away as it is a 10-ton road designed to carry the weight. Council member Rob Moser said he would bring the issue to the utilities commission.

Heard the bid opening for the Wildflower Drive, Franklin Drive and Woida Road project is set for 11 a.m. April 29. The council set a special meeting for April 29.

Met in closed session regarding property acquisition for the Woida Road project including parcels on Woida and Franklin Drive and to discuss threatened litigation for connection to city services for 12 parcels.

Adjourned to a 5:30 p.m. Wednesday closed session for the performance evaluation of Administrator Gordon Heitke.

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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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