The Brainerd City Council Monday gave their approval for the proposed turnback of portions of Highway 18, Highway 25 and Highway 322 .
The need for turnback of the state controlled highways is to accommodate for the construction of the Highway 371 realignment.
Highway 18 will be turned back to the city of Brainerd from Highway 210 to Highway 25. Highway 322, extending from Sixth Street South to Eighth Street South and the smallest portion of state highway in Minnesota, will also be turned back to the city. Highway 25 from Brainerd to Merrifield will be turned back to the county.
Jeff Hulsether, city engineer, said the turnback plan was a preferred option. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said any of the three were acceptable, and the city council went along with Hulsether's recommendation for the Highways 18, 25 and 322 turnback. Hulsether said the next step is for MnDOT to proceed with a memorandum of understanding regarding the turnback.
In other action at the city council meeting, the council approved the appointment of Bonestroo & Associates to conduct ab inflow and infiltration study. The council also approved the purchase of seven flow meters at a cost of $25,000.
The council approved an agreement between the city and the county to co-fund a study of wells and maintenance at the former landfill for a period of five years. The county and city will each pay $1,000 annually.
The council approved negotiating specific services with the engineering firm Widseth, Smith & Nolting for the utility extension/road construction project on Riverside Drive.
The council approved the issuance of bonds for the amount of $1,720,800 on the behalf of Lutheran Social Services. The bonds pose no risk to the city.
The council accepted two grants for the Brainerd Police Department -- for a drug-locating dog and for the purchase of 14 tire deflators.
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