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Brainerd to receive nearly $1.5 million from American Rescue Plan Act

The council will meet Feb. 28 to discuss how to use the funds.

Brainerd City Hall with snow on the ground
Brainerd City Hall.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — The Brainerd City Council scheduled a workshop to determine how to use nearly $1.5 million in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recover Funds.

A part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act, a total of $350 billion was doled out to state, local and tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city of Brainerd will receive $1,468,097.58. Cities have until the end of 2024 to obligate the funds and until the end of 2026 to use them.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in council chambers to discuss allocating the funds.

In other business Monday, Feb. 7, the council:

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Accepted the resignation of Police Officer Joshua Clausen, who submitted his resignation Jan. 25. This resignation brings the department to 24 out of the 26 officers budgeted for in 2022.

Accepted the resignation of Wayne Erickson from the Economic Development Authority.

Approved a professional services contract with Widseth for the design plan and construction administration of a police cold storage building at a cost of $3,500. Funds for the project are included in the 2022 budget.

Approved a professional services agreement with Widseth for the parks addition to the street and sewer building at a cost of $26,000. Funds for the project were included in the 2021 budget, but the project was delayed due to material shortages.

Ratified the hiring of temporary 2021-22 winter temporary parks employees, with warming house attendants earning $14 an hour and pond hockey referees earning $30 per game.

Approved an agreement with Discovery Woods Montessori School for a storm drain stenciling project. The project is aimed to help the community understand what happens to polluted stormwater, and the school will provide the materials and labor to stencil numerous drains with direct connection to the river in north Brainerd.

THERESA BOURKE may be reached at theresa.bourke@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchTheresa .

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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