Brainerd seeks to fill committee vacancies

Brainerd City Council members discuss matters during their meeting Monday, Nov. 2. Theresa Bourke / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd is accepting applications for vacancies on five city committees and commissions.

The following groups have open seats:

  • Cable TV advisory committee — one term expiring 2021, two terms expiring 2022.

  • Charter commission — two terms expiring 2020.

  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority — one term expiring 2020.

  • Water tower committee — various openings.

  • Parking commission — various openings.

All terms with expiration dates end Dec. 31 of the specific year. Terms have not been specified for the water tower committee and parking commission.
Applications and requirements for each position are available at city hall and on the city’s website at .

In other business Nov. 2, the council:

Approved final payment of $149,522,23 to Asphalt Surface Technology Corporation for 2020 seal coat projects. The city budgeted $150,000 for the expense.


Authorized the hiring of Police Officer Andrew Middleton, who started Oct. 26 at step 1 of the city’s wage grid, earning $27.43 an hour.

Authorized the hiring of parks maintenance employee Jesse Sanders, who started Oct. 26. Sanders’ previous experience with the city of Faribault put him on step 2 of the city’s wage grid, earning $20.47 an hour.

Accepted the resignation of paid on-call firefighter Robbie Gawboy, effective Oct. 31. Gawboy moved outside the required response distance.

Agreed to delay the retirement of Police Chief Corky McQuiston until Jan. 15 to give the city more time to hire a replacement. McQuiston was originally set to retire Nov. 28 but has agreed to stay on longer.

Approved assessment deferment applications from Margaret O’Rourke, Garry and Alex Schwartz, Diane Holz and Guy Green on the basis of hardship due to age, disability and/or financial hardship.

Waived nuisance abatement assessments for four property owners who either worked with city staff to fix the issue or were incorrectly listed on the assessment role to begin with. Council member Kelly Bevans voted against the measure to waive assessments for two property owners who contested them at the public hearing in October, as he believed they should have contacted the city and worked to resolve the issue before the hearing.

Approved a 2021 dental insurance proposal for Delta Dental, with a 3% premium rate reduction over 2020 costs.

Scheduled a special council meeting for noon Thursday, Nov. 12, to canvass and certify election results. The meeting will be virtual via WebEx.


Scheduled a 2021 budget workshop for 6 p.m. Nov. 30.

THERESA BOURKE may be reached at or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at .
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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