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I wanted to make a comment to the cities of Brainerd and Baxter, specifically for the guy who runs the cab company. I was greatly disappointed today when I tried to call Dial-A-Ride to go to an art fair at the Brainerd Public Library to honor my daughter. ... I called today to schedule a ride on the weekend Dial-A-Ride service and was disappointed to find out that it's no longer running.
I feel the need to comment on the school board's interviewing construction firms. I did vote in favor of this school board but I do not feel that the school board has the right to interview and pick a higher-priced construction firm than what was advertised. Why even advertise for bids? This could take $800,000 away from things that the school could have should they choose to pick a higher bidder. Construction just doesn't work like that. This should not happen and these board members are totally off the wall in thinking they can pick and choose who they want in a construction firm.
In the Neighbors section of The Dispatch on April 3, there was a feature story written by Jodie Tweed regarding contractors rallying to support cancer victim Bob the builder. If that doesn't restore your faith in mankind, I don't know what would. Great bunch of a guys.
Not everyone is working
There was a statement made in one of the letters (on Potlatch that) said that everybody's employed, everybody has a job, everybody's working until May 15. That's not true. Some of the people that were hired over two years ago, they are all on call. Not everybody is working. They get to sit at home, by the phone, listening and waiting for that phone to ring just in case there are a couple hours to pick up. I'd like to verify that article was not true. ...There are 30 employees waiting to get called in to work. ...They don't get to draw unemployment either...not until the day Potlatch closes.
Wants more information
As a viewer of the Brainerd City Council meetings, which are televised, I became aware of an ordinance regarding housing inspections for all housing in Brainerd and also for inspections of property before it's being sold. I was not real clear on all the details of these things and I'd like to find out some more about this. Where do you find out about this? And I also learned about a new fire station being built in the residential in northeast Brainerd and that's the first I knew about that. My house is right near there. What will that have an affect on the people who live there? What do we do to find out if this has to really go through? We were never told about this and so I'm a little bit upset.
There have been several stories in The Dispatch reporting that a fire station for northeast Brainerd is part of the proposal to help alleviate the city's space needs.
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