Hello Auto, say hello to Baxter.
The proposed business, which is associated with Lake Country Toyota, is a planned for development along Edgewood Drive in Baxter.
The Baxter City Council approved the development for the Hello Auto, which will be performing detail work for Lake Country Toyota’s vehicles. Lake Country Toyota currently has an overflow parking lot across Edgewood Drive from the business location that fronts Highway 371.
The plan calls for Hello Auto to develop land to the north of Lake Country Toyota’s parking lot. The development means a connection to sanitary sewer and water will be required and Edgewood Drive will need to be temporarily closed and torn up to allow the installation of city services.
In council comments, council member Zach Tabatt said he was glad to see public lands being used by participants for the archery hunting opener and the Wounded Warrior Hunt.
“It is good to see that people who fought and were injured to maintain our rights are taking advantage of using public land as should be done by all of us,” Tabatt said. “And I just appreciate that that group chose to be here and I hope they come back.”
“I just want to shout out a happy birthday to our neighboring city,” Mayor Darrel Olson said, noting the sesquicentennial celebration and activities in Brainerd.
Olson said he attended the pavilion dedication of the Rotary Club at Boom Lake and noted it is quite an addition to the area. Olson said Rotary is also celebrating its 100th birthday. He noted one of the comments on the future plans was to build a bridge across the river to connect to Baxter’s trails.
In other business, the city council:
Accepted improvements by Retail Partners Baxter II and began the one-year warranty period. Retail Partners Baxter II owns the retail development in front of Gander Outdoors and split the original suite for the Jersey Mike’s restaurant and created two smaller suites.
Approved the Short Elliott Hendrickson contract amendment for the water treatment plant filter reconstruction and needs assessment not to exceed $32,100.
Approved the BNSF Railway preliminary engineering services agreement – Quiet Zone Study estimated at $17,000 and amended the project budget to $31,800. The city council is working to have a railroad quiet zone in the city, meaning no train whistles or horns. The city allocated $20,000 in a fund where the quiet zone assessment is budgeted. The quiet zone assessment, which is the next step in the process.
Approved the ASTECH Corporation partial pay estimate No. 1 in the amount of $141,374.73 for the 2021 micro surfacing improvements project. The city reported the total project cost is estimated to be $158,162.73 or 6% over the bid price although the project is projected to be under budget. The city noted the original project budget approved by the council included $190,000 for construction.
Awarded the water treatment plant waste line repair quote to RJ Mechanical, Inc. in the amount of $25,000.
Awarded the sewer cleaning and televising quote for the 2022 Inglewood Drive and associated roadway improvements project to Nelson Sanitation for $5,504.70.
Approved 2022 delayed payment of tax on special assessments for applicants with eligible hardships.
Approved a new lease agreement with T-Mobile USA Tower LLC for property at 7924 Industrial Park Road.