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Baxter City Council: Plans to distribute 36 smoke detectors at Night to Unite

BAXTER—Donations of 36 Kidde smoke detectors from Home Depot to the city of Baxter will be distributed at the Night to Unite in August.

The smoke detectors are valued at $612. The city reported Brian Snyder, Home Depot pro department supervisor, contacted city hall for the donation as the Baxter Home Depot recently won a contest and received 108 of the smoke detectors.

The smoke detectors are being donated equally between Baxter, the city of Brainerd and the Brainerd Fire Department.

In other business, the council:

Approved a revised agreement with Richard Dean of Dean's Auto Salvage on Evergreen Drive, to allow two temporary structures and to extend the legal nonconforming status. A fire, last fall, destroyed the building on Dean's Auto Salvage. After such a loss, state law sets a timeline for when the building must be rebuilt. Dean previously asked the city if it was interested in purchasing the property.

The city extended the timeframe and is allowing the temporary structures so the business may continue while Baxter contemplates a possible purchase.

Changed the polling place by amending the city ordinance. Voters from precinct 2W—which the city describes as residents living south of Highway 210 from the west side of Knollwood Drive to the south side of Highland Scenic Road and to the west side of Highway 371 to the city's western and southern boundaries—will now vote at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church instead of Forestview Middle School.

Other polling places—at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter City Hall and Heritage Assembly of God Church youth building—remain unchanged.

Approved KLM for services for the 2018 north water tower rehabilitation at $1,035,183 with payment over three years - 2018, 2019, 2020. KLM was also approved for cleanout and disinfection of the south water tower for $4,615 in the spring of 2018.

Awarded the 2017 chip seal project for 10.5 miles of city streets and 1.5 miles of trails to Astech Corp., St. Cloud, for $395,970. Astech was the lowest of three bids and 17 percent less than the engineer's estimate of $440,425. Construction operations may start July 5 and be completed no later than Aug. 29.

The city also approved the milling and overlay of striping at $30,000 and amended the annual chip sealing budget to include that cost annually.

Approved the Short Elliott Hendrickson agreement for professional services for the 2017 lift station No. 3 reroute project not to exceed $3,500.

Appointed Christian Ornelas to the park and trails maintenance position and approved seasonal positions for park attendant and public works maintenance.

Met in closed session for labor negotiations regarding the Law Enforcement Labor Services bargaining unit before reopening. The council approved a contract with a 3 percent in 2017 and in 2018 and with a one-time wage adjustment, done in 2017 and 2018 for budget purposes, for a .25 percent increase for patrol officers and a 1 percent increase for police sergeants.

Heard from

Recently, the council appointed Michael Karas as a roadside mower for the season at $12 per hour and hosted a public hearing on delinquent utility bills, invoices and abatements and adopted a resolution for assessments for those unpaid bills.

Adjourned to the special work session at 6 p.m. May 30. Council members Todd Holman and Quinn Nystrom were both out of state for work and were not at Tuesday's session.

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