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Baxter City Council enacts parking restrictions near Forestview

BAXTER - Parking at certain events or sporting activities near Forestview Middle School may mean planning out a spot a little in advance. Tuesday, the Baxter City Council voted to restrict parking on Mapleton Road from Highland Scenic Drive (also...

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The city decided to ban parking on both sides for the section involved. The parking ban would be in effect at all times. Illustration.

BAXTER - Parking at certain events or sporting activities near Forestview Middle School may mean planning out a spot a little in advance.

Tuesday, the Baxter City Council voted to restrict parking on Mapleton Road from Highland Scenic Drive (also known as Crow Wing County Highway 48) to Mountain Ash Drive. The city is planning improvements to Mapleton road south of the intersection with Highland Scenic and Isle drives.

Trevor Walter, public works director, said the improvements on Mapleton Road may include state aid funds and with state requirements there isn't enough room for parking on both sides of the road. The city decided to ban parking on both sides for the section involved. The parking ban would be in effect at all times.

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The city decided to ban parking on both sides for the section involved. The parking ban would be in effect at all times.

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Mayor Darrel Olson questioned whether parking would be allowed when there is a large special event at Forestview. The school is the host site for the annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure fundraiser to benefit the fight against breast cancer. There have been other special events at the school as well. Walter said parking could still be allowed for those events with a permit through Crow Wing County. The permit doesn't have a cost but would need to be made in advance and Walter said the no parking signs would then be temporarily removed. But Walter said the parking ban will affect people who have used the roadside for parking for soccer practice or events. Walter said there is a problem with erosion in the ditches because of vehicles parking there.

The council also voted to restrict parking on Highland Scenic Drive from Highway 371 to Highway 210 in the city.

In other business, the council:

Awarded the professional engineering and related services contract for 2015 water treatment plant cost analysis for future needs to Progressive Consulting Engineers Inc. not to exceed $24,497.

Ordered the preparation of proposed assessment for the 2015 Briarwood Lane improvement project starting 480-feet west of Joler Road to Brentwood Road. A hearing is planned at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at city hall.

Approved a temporary gambling license for St. Mathias Catholic Church fundraising event for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. The event is planned April 26 at Forestview Middle School.

Approved a permit for retail indoor sales of fireworks by B.J. Alan Company at Mills Fleet Farm and Menards.

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Adopted a resolution renaming Ironwood Drive from Mapleton Road to Highland Scenic Drive (also known as Crow Wing County Highway 48) in Baxter.

Set a public hearing for proposed improvements at 7 p.m. April 9 at city hall for the 2015 Inglewood Drive project.

Named a new street to be created with the Isle Drive project. The new street, dubbed Isle Court, will serve residents on the southeast corner of Perch Lake.

Approved a preliminary and final plat called phase four of Shanandoah Office Park allowing construction of an office building on the southwest corner of Forthun Road and Isle Drive, near Home Depot. The applicant, Chad Schwendeman of Exit Realty, was seeking approval to construct a 9,650-square-foot office building. The plans include moving the parking lot farther north about 10-15 feet to allow for a sidewalk to connect from the business to the street

Re-approved a drive-thru for the planned Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, 15524 Edgewood Drive, near Book World. The drive-thru was approved in 2013 but construction didn't take place within the one-year timeframe and subsequently expired.

Will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in a special session at city hall.

Council member Quinn Nystrom was absent Tuesday.

RENEE RICHARDSON, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Dispatchbizbuzz .

Renee Richardson is managing editor at the Brainerd Dispatch. She joined the Brainerd Dispatch in 1996 after earning her bachelor's degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University.
Renee Richardson can be reached at renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com or by calling 218-855-5852 or follow her on Twitter @dispatchbizbuzz or Facebook.
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