BAXTER — Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes received Baxter City Council approval for its plans for a sign and future development along Highway 371.
The multi-business sign is expected to give the hotel and water park more visibility. The council approved the plan with the condition the lodge remove its logo from the architectural feature outside its building — namely the decorative water tower. The logo is considered a sign.
Arrowwood reported it would love to keep the water tower sign but felt it was important to have the Highway 371 presence. The hotel is set back about a block from the well-traveled highway.
Arrowwood presented the city’s planning and zoning commission with a possible wine house and coffee bar, but those plans are not finalized.
In other business, the council:
Received a first-place trophy for the city’s award case from the Baxter Baseball Association. A group of 11-year-olds attended the session in their baseball uniforms. The kids played about 35 games this year. Coach Dave Peterson thanked the council for its support and the baseball fields and spoke of a desire to bring a league tournament back to the city next July and August, which brings in players and families from the region to stay for several days, benefitting the entire community.
Accepted a certificate from the governor in recognition of the city’s participation in the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign, which supports military members and their families before, during and after deployments. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon works with government, communities, clergy and businesses to help military families.
Mayor Darrel Olson said after spending 26 years in the Reserves with the longest activation of 17 days he can only imagine what happens when a spouse is gone for a year. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is there to help a spouse at home to know who they can call and trust when the furnace goes out at 3 a.m. on a winter morning. Police Chief Jim Exsted said effort goes into distributing information to people who are in need whether that’s the family or the veteran. It’s just about putting families in touch with services the city can provide, Exsted said.
Met in closed session regarding utility fee litigation and back in open session announced a settlement plan was removing two litigants from the lawsuit.
Awarded a contract to Warning Lites in the amount of $43,438 to paint center lane striping for College Road, Elder and Isle drives.
Awarded a demolition contract to Hengel Construction for water treatment plant No. 2 in the lump sum of $14,950.
Approved a Grand Oaks and Firewood Drive trail intersection project at a cost of $8,790.
Adjourned to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 council budget work session.