City seeks to fill commission vacancies

Those interested can apply online or pick up at application at City Hall.

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Those who are interested in open committee or commission seats can visit for an application or pick one up at Brainerd City Hall.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — Several seats are available on various Brainerd city committees and commissions.

The following spots are open, with terms expiring on Dec. 31 of the year listed unless otherwise noted:

  • Cable TV Advisory Committee — Two terms expiring 2022, one term expiring 2024.
  • Charter Commission — One term expiring 2022, one term expiring 2025.
  • Rental Dwelling License Board of Appeals — Two years expiring 2022.
  • Planning Commission — one term expiring 2023.
  • Historic Water Tower Preservation Committee — One seat.
  • Economic Development Authority — One term expiring 2022, one term expiring 2026. EDA terms expire Sept. 7. 

Those who are interested in the seats can visit for an application or pick one up at Brainerd City Hall.

In other business Monday, the council:

Approved a lawful gambling application from the Central Lakes College Foundation for an event Dec. 26.


Approved a temporary on-sale liquor license from SE’z for an event Oct. 7 at the Brainerd Armory.

Approved an event application for the Warrior Homecoming 5K set for Sept. 17, beginning in Kiwanis Park and using trails for the run.

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Approved a street closure application for the annual Touch-a-Truck event set for 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 in downtown Brainerd, with Laurel Street closed between South Sixth and Eighth streets, and South Seventh Street closed between Front and Maple streets. The event allows children to get up close to military, emergency services and maintenance vehicles.

Approved a street closure application for the 25th Bataan Memorial Death March, set for 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10. The 13.1-mile walk/run event will use Wright Street and the adjacent trail, finishing at the Brainerd Armory. Wright Street will be closed between the trail crossing and Southeast 13th Street.

Approved a change order for the Northern Pacific Center segment of the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail in the amount of $3,748.67. The added expense is due to a soft spot with unstable subgrade materials found in the trail. The expense is reimbursable through grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Accepted the retirement of parks administrative specialist Kimberly Finch. Her last working day will be Nov. 10. Staff requested to allow new City Engineer/Public Works Director Jessie Dehn an opportunity to observe the department before making a staffing recommendation.

Appointed Crystal Gauthier as acting transit coordinator, effective Aug. 23, with the retirement of Transit Coordinator Anders Stone.

Accepted the resignation of Community Service Officer Brevon Lesner and authorized staff to hire a replacement.


Approved an updated organizational chart showing Brainerd Public Utilities department heads are to report to the city administrator. The updated chart is part of the city’s recently revised employee policy manual.

Approved a remote work policy for employees, allowing them to consult with their department head and the city administrator about working from home or otherwise remotely when needed while still maintaining operational efficiency.

Approved an updated impound contract with Heartland Animal Rescue Team, which charges the city a per capita rate based on census data. The previous impound cost was $21,744 a year but will increase to $23,032 with the city’s updated population data from the 2020 census.

Accepted the resignation of Keith Reidel from the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission.

THERESA BOURKE may be reached at or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at .


THERESA BOURKE may be reached at or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at

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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