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Brainerd City Council: Resident given seven more days to complete construction project list

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A Brainerd resident has seven days to complete a list of construction items on his house or he will face financial penalties.

At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group voted to give property owner Terry Kinder one more week to finish a list of improvements for is property at 1420 Quince Street. If that list isn’t done, he’ll be fined $100 a day until it is.

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At a recent meeting, the council gave Kinder until last Thursday to complete a list of projects (including windows, roof work and other items) at his property. The city has given Kinder several extensions for the long-running project, and are pushing for it to be completed.

City ordinance requires exterior construction work be done within a certain timeframe, said City Engineer Jeff Hulsether.

The city has given Kinder a list of items to complete by a certain date, taking an incremental approach.

“We’re concerned about how long that will take, seeing how there hasn’t been much follow-through,” Hulsether said.

Because there wasn’t much follow-through, he suggested giving Kinder one last final completion deadline, and then start the fines if the project isn’t done.

City Planner Mark Ostgarden said Kinder has a few weeks of work left.

“This is one last, last chance,” he said.

Several council members questioned how the situation got as far as it did.

City Councilwoman Mary Koep said the council was clear to Kinder that there would be a penalty if he didn’t complete the work.

City Councilwoman Dolly Matten questioned what all had to be cleaned by June 2, noting she wanted to make sure all of the outside materials would be cleared.

“If I was a neighbor, I would just be irate,” she said, of the long-time construction site.

Kinder has seven days to complete the initial list of small projects to the site, first given to him by the city. If he doesn’t complete it, he will be fined $100 a day until he does.

Once that work is completed, he will have until June 2 to complete the whole project, or face additional fines.

In other city council news:

Adopted a resolution authorizing council President Dale Parks and Mayor James Wallin to execute an agreement to buy Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and related service for the city’s transit system. The ITS system was previously approved by the council. The 20 percent local share of $97,762 will be split between the city, Baxter and Crow Wing County.

Approved applying for a grant for architectural review services to more fully explore the costs of repair for the historic water tower. City officials have recently been looking into grants for fixing the leaking water tower. Officials considered applying just for a grant of up to $150,000 to make repairs, but agreed they first needed a better grasp on what repairs were needed and what the cost will be. The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office grant for architectural review services could total up to $10,000. The council agreed to contribute up to $1,000, or 10 percent of the grant, contingent upon finding those funds in the Engineering Department budget.

Accepted a bid for $1,515 from DeChantal Excavating for the demolition and removal of a house at 122 First Avenue Northeast. Last fall, the council agreed with the property owner to assess the cost of the project over a seven-year period.

Accepted two proposals from Braun Intertec for material sampling and testing for street projects. The first is for the Safe Routes to School project near Garfield Elementary at the cost of $11,536. The second proposal is for three city projects, totaling $19,081. One of those street projects is for 28th Street, and will only be utilized is the project moves forward this year.

Approved a request from the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department to close 15th Avenue Northeast three days for Soap Box Derby races. Those days are: July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27.

Approved donating $8,500 to Community Action for the 2014 Fourth of July Celebration. The funds will come from the Special Projects Fund.

Approved changing the employment status of Tim Holtz, Brainerd Street Department maintenance, from probationary to regular employment.

Approved advancing Finance Director Connie Hillman to a 100 percent pay rate, with a base rate of $7,211 per month as of April 1.

Held the annual storm water public meeting. It’s an annual meeting, which aims to educate people on the importance of storm water.

JESSIE PERRINE may be reached at jessie.perrine@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brainerdnews.

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