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Resident given 6 more days in construction project

A property owner has six more days to complete part of a residential construction project or he will face even more fines. Terry Kinder has until June 9 to complete the exterior work at his property at 1420 Quince St. If he does not complete all ...

A property owner has six more days to complete part of a residential construction project or he will face even more fines.
Terry Kinder has until June 9 to complete the exterior work at his property at 1420 Quince St. If he does not complete all of the work named by the city, he’ll be fined $100 a day.
If Kinder doesn’t meet that June 9 deadline, but still completes the work by June 20, the fines will be forgiven.
The group approved the extension and conditions at its meeting Monday. Voting against it was city council member Mary Koep, who voiced concern over the many extensions granted by the council, with little progress to show.
“A lot of extensions and great consideration has been given,” she said. “I don’t think it has proceeded as quickly as it could have. The goal is to get the job done.”
Kinder appeared before the council Monday, which was a deadline previously set by council to have the work complete, asking for 14 more days.
“Because of the weather, I lost 14 days,” he said.
The initial building permit was granted in September 2012. Health issues prevented Kinder from working for nine months. Progress on the project was slow, so the council got involved a few months ago, setting deadlines for Kinder to complete the work by.
Kinder was fined $300 so far for not meeting a prior deadline. That fine has not been paid.
In other council news:
Approved a bid for $1,011 from DeChantal Excavating for the demolition of a garage at 901 11th Ave. NE. The garage is encroaching into the alley right of way, which needed to be removed so crews can replace the sanitary sewer in the alley as part of the Garfield Street project. The cost will be assessed to the property owner over 10 years.
Directed city staff to send a letter to Charter Communication asking the company to move its equipment from old utility poles to the new ones in the area between Third and Fourth streets and H to M streets.
The city newsletter will no longer be mailed to residents, as there are no funds for it. Instead, it will be available online only until funds are secured to mail it again.
Alley grading will begin soon, as city crews finish up street sweeping, staff said.
Approved hiring a technician for the Engineering Department.
Centerpoint Energy presented the Brainerd Fire Department with the community partnership award.
Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport manager Jeff Wig gave an update on operations of the facility.
There are two advisory committee positions available: the Cable TV and Transportation advisory committees.
Adjourned to the History Week kickoff at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16 at City Hall.

JESSIE PERRINE may be reached at jessie.perrine@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brainerdnews .

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