Baxter City Council: Members set meeting in anticipation of Nov. 3 election

Members also approved more than $600,000 in CARES Act funds to alleviate budgetary pressures for Baxter.

Baxter City Hall, which has been closed to the public since March 18 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen Tuesday, May 26, with new public safety measures and social distancing. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

During a brisk meeting Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Baxter City Council voted to convene for a meeting to accept the votes cast in the precincts of Baxter for the Nov. 3 general election and declare the results of the election.

After some discussion, the council decided on a virtual meeting slated to take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12.

In other business, the council:

Approved receiving an allocation of $638,735 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to help assist with COVID-19-related expenditures.

Approved renewing a building lease with the Baxter Snowmobile Club for the former public works building at 7926 Industrial Park Road. The current lease expired earlier this year. The club has requested an additional three-year lease. The lease includes language allowing either party to terminate the arrangement with a 30-day written notice to the other party. As with the original lease, the club will continue to be responsible for utilities, insurance and all other costs associated with their use of the building, as they have since 2012.


Approved the renewed contract with Sourcewell Health Partners health insurance for 2021.

Approved a 3% salary increase adjustment for City Administrator Brad Chapulis.

Approved the appointment of Christy Wermter to the open receptionist/cashier position at Baxter City Hall.

Awarded a contract to architectural-engineering firm Widseth, not to exceed $264,917, for the 2021 mill and overlay and full-depth reclamation/reconstruction improvements project on Industrial Park Road.

Approved a fee amendment with architectural-engineering firm WSB for $105,024 for the 2020 Fairview Road, Golf Course Drive, Excelsior Road and trail connections and 2020 Oakwood Drive trail connection improvements project.

Approved a lease agreement with the Brainerd School District for Oscar Kristofferson Park. The lease delegates rights and maintenance responsibilities to the district and is initially set for 10 years, with both parties reserving the right to pull out of the agreement every 10 years. If neither party opts to leave, the lease will automatically renew itself every 10 years for up to 50 years total. The Brainerd School District uses facilities like the hockey rink, tennis and volleyball courts, and other areas for year-round community education programs.

During closed session, approved a payment of $16,639 for an easement at 7539 Highland Scenic Road.

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