Brainerd council looks to fill committee vacancies

Brainerd City Council members discuss matters during their meeting Monday, Nov. 4, at the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse. The council is meeting at the courthouse while city hall undergoes renovations. Theresa Bourke / Brainerd Dispatch

The city of Brainerd is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on three city committees.

The cable TV advisory committee has one term expiring at the end of this year and two expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

The charter commission has two terms expiring at the end of 2020, one expiring at the end of 2021, and one expiring at the end of 2022. The commission does not currently have enough members to meet.

The Economic Development Authority has one term expiring Dec. 31, 2020.

Applicants must be a resident of Brainerd or have an ownership interest in a business or other property within the city. Transportation advisory committee members may reside outside of Brainerd but within the service area of the transportation system.


Applications area available at city hall or on the city’s website at .

In other business Monday, the council:

Approved an event application for the 5K for Mental Health Awareness May 9 around the Central Lakes College campus and Boom Lake.

Approved an event application for the Hometown Holidays Santa Stop and Tree Lighting from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 in the Laurel Street parking lot and 5-6 p.m. in the city hall parking lot.

Approved the final pay estimate for the southeast sanitary sewer interceptor project to Tom’s Backhoe. The final cost is $123,300 and will be taken from the city’s sewer accessibility charge fund.

Accepted the resignation of Police Officer Tim Friis, who accepted a job as an instructor at the FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama. His resignation is effective. Nov. 17. Because the city has exhausted its police officer eligibility list, the council also authorized the civil service commission to create a new list so Friis’ position can be filled.

Appointed council member Tad Erickson to serve as council liaison to the fire advisory committee, the Northland Arboretum Board of Directors and as an alternate to the transportation advisory committee.

Accepted quotes from Digital Horizons and Midwest Security and Fire for $61,343 for cabling and door access security control for the city hall remodel projects. These costs are within the $1.7 million project budget.


Scheduled a public hearing on the Small Cities Development Program Grant for the northeast area the city received in 2018 for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, during the regular city council meeting. The grant, valued at $638,338, requires a public hearing to allow for public discussion on the implementation and progress of the grant. Written testimony submitted before the public hearing will also be considered.

Scheduled a budget workshop for 6 p.m. Nov. 25.

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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