Public feedback requested on 2022 Brainerd South 6th Street project

A virtual public hearing to gather resident feedback on the project is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 during the regular city council meeting. Call-in details will be provided closer to the meeting date.

The segment of South Sixth Street between Joseph and Greenwood streets in south Brainerd is set to be reconstructed in 2022. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The remaining segment of South Sixth Street in Brainerd is set to be reconstructed in 2022.

After a 2018 project saw the busy trunk highway reconstructed from Washington Street/Highway 210 to Joseph Street, the upcoming work by the Minnesota Department of Transportation will encompass the portion of roadway between Joseph and Greenwood streets.

A virtual public hearing to gather resident feedback on the project is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 during the regular city council meeting. Call-in details will be provided closer to the meeting date.

The layout of South Sixth Street is not changing. Concrete medians will be added in areas along the roadway where left turn lanes are not present or not needed, including between Paul and Birchridge streets, between Wright and Spruce streets, and further south near Essentia Health.

Utility replacements consist of a couple water crossings BPU needs replaced and some exploratory investigation of a water main leak at the intersection of Industrial Park Road and South Sixth Street. MnDOT plans to realign Greenwood Street at the intersection of the highway and pave the section of the realignment. The city has elected to finish paving Greenwood Street up to Woodland Hills Lane as a locally funded project. Most cost share items related to this project — except utility work — are eligible for state aid reimbursement, as it is work on a trunk highway and Greenwood Street is a state aid street.


The city was awarded federal funding for the installation of a sidewalk on the east side of the road from where the current sidewalk ends at Joseph Street to Buffalo Hills Lane. The city subsequently turned that federal grant money over to MnDOT, who agreed to design the sidewalk and cover the 20% construction cost match for the sidewalk, which will be of no additional expense to the city.

The stormwater retention pond on the corner of Spruce Street and the frontage road it crosses will undergo maintenance during the project as well. The city has dealt with flooding issues in that area in the past, City Engineer Paul Sandy said, and MnDOT also needs extra stormwater volume capacity in that area, so that portion of the project will be mutually beneficial. But because a portion of the stormwater pond is city property, the council agreed Monday, Dec. 7, to designate that as MnDOT property so the department of transportation can use its stormwater funds for the project.

In other business Monday, the council:

Accepted gifts and donations to the city: $2,500 from Enbridge for fire department equipment; $100 from Bremer Bank for the fire department open house; six pallets of bottled water from Office Max for fire ground rehabilitation, one box of face coverings, wipes and hand sanitizer; $500 from the Brainerd Jaycees to the fire department; $250 from APR Inc. for the field banner program and field improvements; $1,448.74 from Kiwanis Club of Brainerd for the Kiwanis Park fishing pier; $26 from Holly Holm for Mutt Mitts at Buster Park; $5,000 from Stewart C. Mills Jr. for maintenance/upkeep of Stewart C. Mills Sr. Field; $755 from Denver Boser for memorial bench at Lum Park.

Approved the hiring of Allyson Timmons as police records management technician. Timmons started Nov. 16 at step 1 of the city’s wage grid, earning $20.69 per hour.

Approved the hiring of Tyler Aistrop as a police officer. Aistrop will start Dec. 14 at step 1 of the city’s wage grid, earning $27.43 per hour. He will be the city’s 23rd officer. Another new officer will tentatively start in January. The city is budgeted for 27 officers.

Approved the hirings of four on-called firefighters: Drew Beeson, Randy Kalis, Rick Lee and Henry Praska.

Authorized the fire department to proceed with the purchase of a new fire engine at a cost of $643,000. The money will come from the fire capital fund.


Approved a conditional use permit application from the Brainerd School District for the Brainerd High School south campus property at 400 Quince Street. The project entails demolishing 41,000 square feet of the building for parking and remodeling the remaining 71,900 square feet for special education and transitional programs.

Approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend the city’s charter, updating provisions that are either duplicative or or inconsistent with state law. This is the first phase of the city’s extensive charter review. Subsequent phases will look at outdated provisions and those that should be considered for modification as a matter of policy.

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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