BAXTER -- If Wal-Mart superstore protesters or supporters attended Tuesday's Baxter City Council meeting, they were sorely disappointed.
About 20 people attended Tuesday's meeting where at the start Mayor Gary Muehlhausen told the audience members they would not be allowed to speak out about the proposed construction of a Wal-Mart superstore.
"The council has chosen not to address the issue until the EAW is returned," Muehlhausen said of the superstore's Environmental Assessment Worksheet. "It is not on the agenda and will not be discussed tonight."
Wal-Mart representatives from the Baxter store were in attendance at the beginning of Tuesday's meeting.
In Baxter council action, the city accepted a proposal by John Maattala of the Crow Wing County Solid Waste Department to construct a used oil collection facility in the city. It would allow residents to drop off used drain oil, oil filters and anti-freeze 24 hours a day at a minimal cost. Maattala was directed to work with city staff on the details for a site location.
The city approved an ordinance amendment that reduces the minimum planned unit development size from 10 acres to 2.5 acres in an R-1 zoning. The change won't allow a change in density but will allow developers to cluster housing units closer together to allow for more green space.
Council members approved the preliminary plat of Cypress South for Navillus Land Co. with conditions.
The city approved a right-of-way vacation for Bisanz Hi-View Road.
The city's annual contract with Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. for $21,500 was approved.
The council approved the city's capital improvement map, which provides a tentative timeline for proposed sewer and water improvement projects.
The city appointed Pete Olson to the Parks and Recreation Committee and Andy Larson to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The city hired Mary Haugen as an administrative assistant.
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