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Brainerd City Council: Looking ahead to Brainerd History Week

The Brainerd City Council Monday night received a quick update on the 2016 Brainerd History Week. The planned presentation for the "Showcasing Brainerd" presentation, held prior to the city council meeting, was canceled. So the council instead us...

Brainerd City Council member Mary Koep speaks to the council about 2016 Brainerd History Week before Monday night's city council meeting. (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett
Brainerd City Council member Mary Koep speaks to the council about 2016 Brainerd History Week before Monday night's city council meeting. (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett

The Brainerd City Council Monday night received a quick update on the 2016 Brainerd History Week.

The planned presentation for the "Showcasing Brainerd" presentation, held prior to the city council meeting, was canceled. So the council instead used those 15 minutes to hear from council member Mary Koep on the progress of planning Brainerd History Week.

Instead of running for a full week like last year, this year's Brainerd History Week will take place on a Wednesday through Sunday, Koep said. The hope is to concentrate the events more and produce larger crowds at each event, she said.

Last year's Brainerd History Week focused on north Brainerd, Koep said, and this year's iteration will focus on northeast Brainerd. Like last year, it will include events at the Northern Pacific Center and Brainerd Industrial Center, as well as tours of the Evergreen Cemetery and downtown Brainerd.

Brainerd Mayor Ed Menk, owner of E.L. Menk Jewelers, will open up the second floor of the Parker Building in downtown Brainerd, Koep said, where an old ballroom still exists.

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There's significant interest in a Brainerd history group on Facebook, Koep said, which shows there's a love of history in the area.

"That's one of the values of the Brainerd area, is our history," Koep said. "We should capitalize on it to the greatest extent possible."

Koep noted with regret the chicken dance, held during last year's Brainerd History Week, would not be returning for the 2016 edition.

In other business, the council:

Received a written report from Fire Chief Tim Holmes on the department's activity for the month of February. The department responded to 26 calls during the month, four of which were canceled enroute. Of those 26 calls, 10 were in the city of Brainerd, with two of those 10 calls canceled enroute.

Approved a temporary liquor license application submitted by Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 for an April 27 event at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.

Approved an exempt lawful gambling application submitted by Aadzuhman Shrine Club for raffles to be held on May 1, July 24, Sept. 5 and Nov. 24 at the Brainerd Masonic Center.

Approved a lawful gambling application to conduct excluded bingo submitted by the Brainerd Lakes Council of Catholic Women for a bingo event on May 1 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Brainerd.

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Approved a contractor payment to Braun Intertec for a geological technical evaluation of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Utility extension project in the amount of $4,364. This is the final payment for this service.

Approved a contractor payment to Short Elliott Hendrickson for engineering fees for the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Utility extension project in the amount of $11,208. This payment is for services through Jan. 31.

Called for citizen applicants for vacancies on the Cable TV Advisory Committee, Library Board and Rental Dwelling Board of Appeals.

Accepted a low bid for the Southeast 13th Street project from Tri-City Paving at a total contract cost of $1.2 million, with the city of Brainerd's share coming to $579,545.

Approved a cost share agreement with Crow Wing County to stripe College Drive during the 2016 construction season. The estimated cost for striping the road is $9,730.

Approved the purchase of a Trimble R10 GPS device from Frontier Precision in the amount of $22,950 for the city's engineering department. The new device was requested in the Construction Fund budget, which does not go through the normal budget approval process.

Approved a street closure application for the Lowell Elementary School Walk-A-Thon between 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. May 20.

Received notice the Planning Department will use $5,000 allocated in the 2016 budget to begin a comprehensive plan update process to hire Qualtrics to implement a community engagement and feedback process. The process will allow residents to provide input on what they think about community issues and the community's future.

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Approved the purchase of a plow truck for the city's street department through the state contract process at a total price of $231,352. The truck will be paid for through the sale of equipment bonds. The city will also trade in an old truck for a value of $14,000 toward the purchase of the new truck.

 

SPENSER BICKETT may be reached at 218-855-5859 or spenser.bickett@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/spenserbickett .

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This article has been updated to reflect the fact 2016 Brainerd History Week will start on Wednesday, June 15, not Thursday, June 16, as initially stated. 

The Dispatch regrets the error.

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