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Brainerd City Council: Bids for seal-coat project to open April 11

The Brainerd City Council authorized the advertisement of bids for the 2018 seal coat project during Monday's meeting. The resolution sets in motion efforts by the city to address the long-term durability of a number of its streets. The streets i...

Brainerd City Council President Dave Pritschet (left), Mayor Ed Menk and council member Kelly Bevans review the parameters of the 2018 seal coat project. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council President Dave Pritschet (left), Mayor Ed Menk and council member Kelly Bevans review the parameters of the 2018 seal coat project. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch

The Brainerd City Council authorized the advertisement of bids for the 2018 seal coat project during Monday's meeting.

The resolution sets in motion efforts by the city to address the long-term durability of a number of its streets.

The streets identified to be seal-coated in the project include Third Street, Eighth Street, 10th Street, 12th Street, 13th Street, and 14th Avenue in northeast Brainerd; K, L and M streets; Brainerd Oaks Street; Southeast 28th Street; Willow Street; South Seventh Street, Quince Street, East River Road; and Southwest Fourth Street.

The council voted unanimously to authorize the bids for potential contractors.

Estimated project construction costs for the project are about $151,000. Bids are set to open 10 a.m. April 11.

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In other business, the council:

Authorized the solicitation of quotes for the 2018 crack sealing project. Involving the same streets as the 2018 seal coat project, the request document cites it as "good practice" to fill any cracks in the pavement prior to the seal coat. Estimated costs are $23,075.50.

Approved the adoption of a resolution in support of the Highway 210 two-lane to four-lane expansion project as part of the Corridors of Commerce program implemented by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Authorized staff to seek plaza site evaluation proposals for the Steamboat Plaza portion of the Mississippi Riverfront Project. According to request documents, the city of Brainerd, the Brainerd School District and an "unknown" have site ownership. The city may evaluate the site and ownership and discuss an agreement with the Brainerd School District on how best to proceed. The first step is to determine the cost for surveying, title work, etc., which will require requests for proposals. Estimated costs for the work range from $3,000-$4,000. As indicated in the documents, the Brainerd School District has been involved in the plaza discussions and is willing to share in the site evaluation costs.

Authorized staff to pursue Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant applications and assist with prioritization of these opportunities. According to request documents, the city has $20,000 set aside in the 2018 budget for initiatives and grant match requirements.

Accepted a leave of absence request from firefighter Joshua Mailhot, effective March 5. Mailhot had accepted a job outside the area and wanted to determine his future job security before resigning from the department.

Approved the Brainerd Fire Department to establish a paid-on-call firefighter hiring list, as well as approved the hire of four paid-on-call firefighters. The motions stem from a current roster of 30 firefighters, below the typical staffing of 35-40 firefighters.

Approved an ID badge policy for city employees, interns, student workers and persons with secured entry access. In the request document, the policy is identified as a means to assist with building security, as well as serve as a function for staff identification while in the public.

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Approved a conditional use permit for Joseph LaRoue to transfer his automotive repair and service business from 217 Washington St. to 303 Washington St. LaRoue's move was prompted by the sale of the property at 217 Washington St. and the subsequent request for him to vacate.

Conducted an ordinance reading to rezone the property at 15947 Beaver Dam Road from a rural-agricultural property to single-family residential property. The owner is looking to split off a 13-acre parcel. Per the current ordinance, lots must be 20 acres or more in size.

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