The roof of Brainerd City Hall’s annex building will see repairs in the near future, and the driver’s license testing facility will remain in that spot for another three years.
City hall and the police station are scheduled to be remodeled in the next couple years, but city council members held off on a decision about the annex building until they could get more information on the roof’s condition.
After an examination by city staff, Widseth Smith Nolting and Thelen Heating and Roofing, City Engineer Paul Sandy told the council Monday, Oct. 7, the structural integrity of the roof is not compromised; however, it is past its useful life expectancy. The lower annex roof and the roof over the covered parking garage were last replaced in 2005 with a 10-year warranty. And based on the information he could find, Sandy said the upper annex roof has not been replaced since 1989.
Thelen Heating and Roofing gave the city a quote of $39,800 to redo the roof and insulation, which the council accepted, citing the long-term importance of fixing the roof and maintaining the annex building as usable space and income for the city.
The council then agreed to extend the license testing office lease, which ends Oct. 31, for another three years. The city will earn $50,124 from the lease agreement -- more than the cost of a new roof.
Sandy said bids came in favorably for the city hall project, and he will share those with the council at the next meeting. Work to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, along with reconfiguring office spaces, will likely begin in late October or early November.
The council also gave Sandy the go-ahead to solicit bids for the police station reconfiguration project.
In other business Monday, the council:
Accepted third-quarter donations: $1,500 from Thomas and Beth Pfingsten, of Minneapolis, for a Diamondback Model 700 TM Treadmill for the police department; $2,786 in cash and checks from Joanne Johnson Funeral Memorial for the police department; and donations to the fire department -- $1,000 from Mills Automotive and $25 from Jill Anderson.
Renewed its memorandum of understanding with Central Lakes College to promote cooperation and collaboration involving crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking involving college students or employees that occur within the police department’s jurisdiction.
Accepted a Department of Natural Resources Fire Assistance grant for $2,825. The 50-50 matching grant will allow the fire department to upgrade the water tank and pump on its wildland fire truck. The current tank rusted through this past spring.
Authorized a letter from the city in support of a Minnesota fire marshal’s grant, which would award the fire department funds to purchase a new turnout gear dryer. The cost is estimated at $11,362, with a 35% match required if the city earns the grant. The department’s current turnout gear dryer is more than 30 years old.
Authorized Fire Chief Tim Holmes to work with the Crosby Fire Department on the direct sale of Brainerd’s 2007 aerial apparatus ladder truck in 2020, when the city will receive the new ladder truck ordered this year. Crosby said it is interested in buying the truck directly and wanted an idea of a price so the city can budget for the expense. After researching similar equipment, Holmes said he would likely set the price around $165,000.
Agreed to a Riverfront Trail feasibility study by Short Elliott Hendrickson not to exceed $40,000. The primary purpose of the study is to develop preliminary alignment for a proposed Riverfront Trail along the Mississippi River from College Drive to Washington Street.
Hired James Kramvik as a zoning specialist/permit technician, starting at Step 1 of the city’s wage grid earning $23.27 per hour.
Hired Seth Greenwaldt as a street maintenance employee, starting at Step 2 on the wage grid earning $23.31 per hour.
Approved an alley closure for the Zion Lutheran Church Trunk-or-Treat event 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Zion Lutheran parking lot at 220 N. Eighth St.
Approved a street closure for the annual St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School marathon from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 on North Ninth, North 10th, Juniper and Kingwood streets.
Authorized the final payment of $55,951.11 to Tom’s Backhoe and $21,190.08 to Anderson Brothers Construction for the sanitary sewer replacement in the alley between Oak and Pine streets from 11th Street Southeast to 19th Street Southeast.
Authorized the final payment of $31,074.99 to Anderson Brothers for the mill and overlay projects on College Drive from County Highway 48 to Quince Street, and South Fourth Street from College Drive to South Sixth Street. The total project cost $592,857.26.
Authorized the final payment of $167,845.21 to Asphalt Surface Technologies Corp. for the 2019 seal coat project.
Accepted a $1,200 quote from Nagell Appraisal and Consulting for a study to determine the market benefit to properties potentially affected by the upcoming project on Northwest Third, Northwest Fourth and Jackson streets.
Amended the package policy for the city’s transportation system to include enforcement practices for those who disregard the policy of a maximum of four paper grocery-sized bags on the transit system. Those who abuse the policy will receive a written warning and could be suspended from using the transit system for up to 30 days for a subsequent offense.
Adopted the five-year street and sewer capital plan. No one spoke at the public hearing.
Vacated Northern Pacific Road and Blacksmith Circle at the request of Northern Pacific Center owner Mike Higgins. No one spoke at the public hearing.