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Baxter City Council: Seeks public feedback on zoning, gateway standards

BAXTER—Feedback on Baxter's residential zoning district study and standards for gateways to the city is sought for a meeting later this month.

Baxter's Long Range Planning Commission hosted an open house on the topic April 22 and Community Development Director Josh Doty reported a strong turnout with many good comments. At the May 28 commission meeting, the minutes noted staff prepared amendments to the city's comprehensive plan, which serves as a tool and a guide as the city looks at development and city goals, but there were not enough votes to act on the public hearing. So the hearing was continued to 6 p.m. June 24 at Baxter City Hall.

Doty stated anyone who would like to provide comments is encouraged to attend the public hearing.

In other business, the council:

Approved a temporary liquor license for the Brainerd Jaycees special event June

21 at Mills GM.

Appointed Brock Andrews to a seasonal public works maintenance position for the summer at $11 per hour. The city typically hires three summer maintenance positions. The employees patch potholes, provide maintenance for lift stations and sewer jetting.

Learned from the cemetery commission minutes that members feel it's time to move forward and budget for the installation of a columbarium/ossuary (defined as a depository for the bones of the dead) for cremated remains at the cemetery. The subject was reviewed last fall. Costs are estimated to be $49,500. If done over three years, costs are expected to be $57,300 given a 5% cost increase for construction. City staff planned to research columbarium fees. The commission next meets at 4 p.m. June 17.

The city does not average more than 49 burials per year.

Approved a temporary gambling license for the Aug. 1 Ruffed Grouse Society Drumming Log

Chapter fundraising event at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes.

Authorized Mayor Darrel Olson to execute a cooperative grant agreement between The

Conservation Fund and the city of Baxter for the acquisition of the 200-acre Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources grant and Department of Defense funded Mississippi River Overlook Park. The Conservation Fund is working with the city for the closing on the land after being awarded the professional services for the task, which is expected to continue through June 30, 2020. The Conservation Fund is conducting negotiations to get what is described as key property from the PotlatchDeltic Corp. for habitat and to benefit the public schools. The state wanted a contract to cover that relationship.

Approved an animal control contract with Lakes Area Wildlife Control.

Hosted a public hearing about adopting assessments for unpaid, delinquent utility bills, invoices and abatement charges. No one from the public spoke at the hearing with few people present.

Met in closed session to discuss the purchase of property on Mapleton Road listed with Crow Wing Power as the taxpayer on the Crow Wing County property records.

Renee Richardson

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