While one member announced his resignation, Brainerd's Annexation Subcommittee met with an Oak Lawn Township representative Tuesday to discuss annexation concerns.
Brainerd City Council member Gary Scheeler resigned from the subcommittee earlier Tuesday following criticism of statements he made recently about annexation.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Scheeler said he would comment no further on his resignation and apologized to anyone he may have offended with his comments.
Dan Vogt, Brainerd city administrator, said Scheeler had notified him, but he had received nothing in writing regarding the resignation.
Several people became angry over comments Scheeler made about why people in areas surrounding Brainerd should want annexation, and that no one in Brainerd's comprehensive plan was immune to annexation.
"Oak Lawn residents felt like they were being run over," Mark Haglin said Tuesday about annexation in that township, bordering the east side of Brainerd.
Haglin said Oak Lawn's position is to keep the boundary between the city and the township where it is, and if someone wants to annex land into Brainerd, they should.
"But don't go soliciting land," Haglin said. "People don't want that. They're concerned. They don't want door knocking going on."
Up to the contested annexation of the 1,000 acres from Unorganized Territory on March 1, Brainerd had practiced orderly annexation, where residents would petition the city to be annexed. Frank Asplund, subcommittee and Brainerd council member, said that while he doesn't speak for the council, he would have no problem backing off door knocking.
Brainerd has been meeting with townships bordering the city, including Crow Wing and Long Lake, to discuss creating orderly annexation agreements with those townships. The agreements would allow the townships to continue to receive a percentage of taxes for a period of time from land annexed into the city.
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