The Brainerd police community service officer will get a pay increase as the city will conduct a comparable worth and market study for all city employees.
The Brainerd City Council Monday, on the recommendation of Brainerd Police Capt. Lyman Dahl, approved an additional 15 cents per hour pay raise for Judy Gilbertson, community service officer, who felt she wasn't getting paid the same as others in comparable positions within the city and that her job classification had changed since the last comparable worth and market value studies were done in 1991.
Gilbertson, a full-time employee with the city of Brainerd for 22 years, currently makes $15.47 per hour. She said a comparable job in the police department, a secretary II, makes nearly a dollar more per hour.
In other council action, the council:
Approved by a 4-2 vote the transfer of the New Winnipeg Lounge on-sale liquor license from Robert Turcotte to Dale Kuhn. The transfer removes license revocation issues Turcotte faced. Turcotte does face criminal charges as a result of alleged illegal activities at the bar. Council members Bob Olson and Frank Asplund voted against the transfer, saying the revocation hearings should have been conducted.
Approved placement of a stop sign on Pine Street at Southeast 16th Street.
Adopted resolution authorizing the turnback of Highway 18, from Highway 25 to Highway 210, and Highway 322, from Highway 18 to Highway 371, from the state to the city.
Approved funding of $3,902 -- 90 percent of which is reimbursable through state and federal grants -- for a remedial investigation/closure report for soil contamination of the former Thiesse Property in the Brainerd Industrial Park.
Tabled consideration of environmental proposals for two weeks at the Northern Pacific Center until property owners, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency can work out an agreement over pollution clean-up at the site.
Set a hearing regarding city improvements for 7:30 p.m. April 2 at city hall.
Recommended City Engineer Jeff Hulsether make an offer to the Crow Wing County Board for tax-forfeited land on Highway 371, between Thompson Concrete and Econolodge. The appraised value of the land is $168,000, but because Brainerd paid for utilities on the property and the county never paid the city back, the city is asking for $107,611 to be reduced from the cost of the property.
Passed a resolution to act as legal sponsor for the Buffalo Hills/Lions Park Outdoor Recreation Grant Program application.
Reviewed total cost of annexation of 1,000 acres in Unorganized Territory, which was $37,895.
Recommended to District Court that Erik Bonde be named to the Charter Commission for a term to expire Jan. 1, 2005.
Called for applicants to the Transportation Committee and the Charter Commission.
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