With a roughly $500,000 budget, the city of Brainerd plans to resurface two streets and add American with Disabilities Act compliant ramps.
The project, which will be funded completely by municipal state aid funds, will consist of a 1.5-inch mill and overlay on College Drive from Quince Street to County Highway 48 and on South Fourth Street from College Drive to South Sixth Street. The top inch and a half of the streets will be removed and a new layer of pavement added.
Pedestrian ramps will also be added on South Fourth Street to meet ADA regulations.
The Brainerd City Council authorized city staff during its Monday, April 15, meeting, to advertise for bids for the project.
All the work will likely be done at night, and residents will not be assessed for the project.
In other business Monday, the council:
Approved a lawful gambling application for the Brainerd American Legion to conduct off-site gambling May 2 at Essentia Health Sports Center.
Approved a temporary on-sale liquor license application for The Crossing Arts Alliance for an event June 14.
Approved a street closure application for the Garfield Elementary School Walk-A-Thon 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 on 10th and 11th avenues northeast from J Street to L Street and J and L streets from 10th Avenue Northeast to 11th Avenue Northeast.
Authorized conditional job offers to the top three candidates on the city's police officer eligibility list to fill three patrol officer vacancies. Tentative starting dates are May 6, June 10 and Sept. 23, pending successful completion of the pre-employment screening process. A request to fill a fourth patrol officer vacancy will be dictated by the rate current candidates who successfully complete the first four steps of the field training program.
Approved a wage increase for the police department's four community service officers. The 2018 wage scale started at $10.25 per hour and was capped at $12.15 per hour after four or more years of service. The city's recent compensation study by David Drown Associates, however, found the wage scale is lower than the market average for comparable communities. The new hourly scale, effective April 16, is as follows: $11.11 for 0-200 hours; $11.44 for 201-1,040 hours; and $13.00 for more than 1,040 hours. As community service officers are scheduled to work up to 29 hours a week, it would take about one and a half years to reach 1,041 hours. The average community service officer employment length in Brainerd is less than two years.
Approved a cost of living adjustment for paid on-call firefighters of 1% for 2019 (effective May 1), 2% for 2020 and 3% for 2021. Future cost of living adjustments for paid on-call firefighters will follow that of non-unionized employees.
Approved an on-sale and Sunday liquor sales license application from The Skillet Restaurant, contingent on police and fire department approval.
Approved a rezoning request from the Brainerd School District to rezone 1609 and 1601 Oak Street and their respective adjacent lots from neighborhood business to medium density residential.
Approved a rezoning request from resident James Runberg to rezone 940 and 944 28th Street Southeast, along with the unaddressed property to the immediate south, from single family residential to medium density residential.
Scheduled a special council workshop for 7:30 p.m. April 29, to discuss the River to Rails project.
Approved first quarter donations to the city: $400 from the Brainerd Jaycees and $60 from NAPA Auto Parts to the Brainerd Fire Department; $250.17 from Buffalo Wild Wings for youth programs; $1,000 from Disabled American Veterans for the WWII monument at Memorial Park; $600 from Brainerd Rotary Foundation for the Easter egg hunt; $500 from Crow Wing Energized for the Parks on the Go program at Operation Sandwich sites; $87 from anonymous donors for skate sharpening at Gregory Park; and $64 from various anonymous donors, beverages from Viking Coca-Cola and chili from Wendy's for the Gregory Park skating party.
Several donations approved were slated for Memorial Park field improvements: $250 from Mill Avenue Holiday Stationstore, $325 from Hasskamp Bros Well Drilling, $975 from Little Caesars, $150 from Sibbert Drywall, $325 from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 242/Twin Ports Neca, and $150 from Party World.
Approved several donations to the city for youth team sponsorships: Waste Partners, $175; McDonald's, $275; Paul Bunyan Land, $375; Brainerd Jaycees, $225; EL Menk Jewelers, $200; Associates in Eyecare, $175; Hy-Tec Construction, $400; Mill Avenue Holiday Stationstore, $200; Schroeder's Appliance Center, $275; Gull Lake Glass, $450; Mattson Lumber Co., $175; Lauri Hall State Farm Insurance, $200; Northland Construction, $200; Lexington Manufacturing, $225; Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, $200; American National Bank, $175; MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union, $225; VFW Auxiliary No. 1647, $225; B Johnson and Associates, $275; Dondelinger Chevrolet, $350; Widseth Smith Nolting, $200; Minnesota T's, $200; CTC, $175; Kiwanis Club of Brainerd, $400; Eagles Club, $225; Elks Lodge No. 615, $200; Tom Hofius Agency-Farmers Insurance, $200; Neighborhood National Bank, $175; McDermott Orthodontics, $200; Clow Stamping Co., $200; Sather Concrete, $175; Alexander Electric, $925; Taco John's, $175; and Vigilant Guardians Veterans Motorcycle Club, $200.