The Brainerd City Council Monday decided to table the issue regarding Brainerd annexing part of the Northland Arboretum in exchange for financial help.
The decision comes after Baxter's decision to forcibly annex 540 acres of the arboretum, including several parcels Brainerd had hoped to annex.
The money for the arboretum might have come from a percentage of the city tax capacity, which would be approved through the Brainerd City Charter Commission. However, council member Jim Dehen said the city can't give tax money to the arboretum for nothing in return.
"We would be wasting the Charter Commission's time," he said.
In other council action:
Adopted an ordinance annexing about three acres of land in Unorganized Territory.
Second reading was made of a proposed ordinance annexing about 39 acres of land in the Unorganized Territory.
First reading was made of a proposed ordinance annexing about 40 acres of land in the Unorganized Territory.
First reading was made of a proposed ordinance annexing 43 acres in Oak Lawn Township.
First reading was made of a proposed ordinance annexing about 40 acres in the Unorganized Territory. This proposed ordinance was added at the meeting after council member Gary Scheeler questioned why more land wasn't being annexed now. Though the council authorized the first reading by a vote of six to one --council member Mark O'Day abstained because of the timing of the proposal -- council member Dehen stated that Brainerd should not be trying to play catch-up with Baxter on annexation.
"We're going to follow our rules and do it right because it's the right thing to do," he said. "We need it signed off that our process met all criteria, that there is no gray area."
Approved bid of $532,209.09 to Randy Kramer Excavation for last phase of improvement in the Industrial Park.
Approved the sale and removal of steel pole barns on the Thiesse Farm. Proposals are due by 10 a.m. April 26 at city hall.
Approved donation of $500 to the Crow Wing County Historical Society.
Approved the bidding for repair of city hall steps, not to exceed $3,400.
Directed staff to set up policy for fire hydrant locations.
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