Brainerd sets snowplow contingency plan in case of COVID-19

Anderson Brothers Construction and Crow Wing County have agreed to help out with snow removal if needed.

Piles of snow in the middle of the street waiting to be plowed. Photo from November 2019. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd has a backup plan for snowplowing this year if the coronavirus were to make its way through city employees.

The city council approved an agreement with Anderson Brothers Construction Monday, Nov. 16, stating the construction company will help out with snowplowing at a cost of $51.65 per hour if COVID-19 impacts city staffing.

Along with snowplowing, Anderson Brothers can also assist with emergency road maintenance, repairs and any other services required to maintain the safety of city infrastructure. Hourly costs range from $38.89 for a laborer to $51.95 for a heavy equipment operator. Crow Wing County signed the same agreement with Anderson Brothers last week.

City Engineer Paul Sandy said Crow Wing County has also offered its services when needed if they have resources available.

In other business Monday, the council:


Approved an engagement letter with CliftonLarsonAllen for 2020 audit services at a cost of $45,500 plus an additional $2,000 if the city’s coronavirus relief funds need to undergo an audit, which is likely.

Authorized the community development department to sell a retired 2007 Chevrolet Impala that was replaced this year.

Approved special assessment deferrals from 2020 projects for Terri Hoefferle, Adeline Twombly and Derick Hines due to either age or financial hardship.

Approved the final payment to Anderson Brothers Construction for the 2020 northeast Brainerd road construction project at a cost of $508,848.07. The project included work on B, C and D streets, Fourth and Fifth avenues northeast and Gills Avenue. The total cost came to $1,932,848, roughly $80,000 under budget.

Approved the final payment to Anderson Brothers Construction for the 2019-20 northeast Brainerd road construction project on H Street and 10th Avenue Northeast at a cost of $46,547.08. The total project cost $1,000,582, roughly $26,000 under budget.

Approved a contract with Short Elliott Hendrickson for the preliminary engineering, design and construction of a trail along the south side of Highway 25 from Fifth Avenue Northeast to 28th Street in the amount of $77,750. The city received $168,000 in federal funds for the trail from the Transportation Alternatives Program. This project will be conducted alongside the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2022 replacement of the Highway 25 bridge over the railroad tracks and will connect 28th Street with Highway 210.

Appointed Janet Decker and Mike Duval to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.

Accepted a quote from SCR Northern for heating system repairs in the city hall annex building at a cost of $11,573.


Amended city committee guidelines regarding term limits to allow members appointed mid-term to serve two full terms.

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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