With a new ordinance in effect, the city of Brainerd's pawnbrokers will be required to create data collection systems to keep track of items sold or pawned.
The Brainerd City Council Monday unanimously adopted the ordinance, which was a compromise worked out during meetings between city pawnbrokers and Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc.
The purpose of the ordinance is to have the city join with most other Minnesota law enforcement agencies in electronically transmitting pawn shop data to a central repository, Automated Pawn System, so that information can be reviewed by other participating law enforcement agencies across the state.
The only point debated between Bolduc and the pawnbrokers who attended Monday's meeting was the length of a holding period for items purchased or accepted in trade by a pawnbroker. Bolduc had wanted a holding period of 30 days while pawnbrokers wanted the state-allowed minimum of 72 hours. The city council, after defeating by a 3-4 vote a motion for a 14-day holding period, approved a final reading and adopted the ordinance to include a 21-day holding period by a 5-2 vote, with council member Bob Olson and Kelly Bevans voting against.
In other action, the council:
Adjourned to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northland Arboretum for a joint meeting between Brainerd and Baxter regarding the wastewater treatment facility expansion.
Directed staffers to research funding possibilities to repair the stone pillars along the Mississippi River on East River Road, near Kiwanis Park. The Personnel and Finance Committee was informed by City Administrator Dan Vogt that the only bid received by the city was for $200,000 to fix the pillars. Mark O'Day, Personnel and Finance Committee chairman and council member, said the city didn't have the money to fix the pillars but historic societies and other groups could be contacted for support. Council member Lucy Nesheim said the pillars were an asset for the city and bonding should be considered to pay for the repair. Vogt said staffers would have to research if bonding could be used for such a project.
Received clarification from City Planner Mark Ostgarden concerning a story in Thursday's Dispatch in which he stated parking at private residences was only allowed on improved, dust-free surfaces. While the story was correct, Ostgarden said houses that currently have dirt driveways would not be cited as a zoning violation. He noted the zoning ordinance was more directed at new development.
Directed staffers to bring back to the city council ordinance amendments that would allow certain signs, including garage sale and real estate signs, within the public right-of-way.
Was informed by City Engineer Jeff Hulsether that underground work on the Laurel Street project should be completed by the end of the week and that on Friday the right southbound lane of South Sixth Street would be temporarily closed for storm sewer work. Hulsether said work on curb, gutter and aggregate base would begin next week. The project should be completed within the next three to four weeks, he said.
Heard from Brainerd resident Jeff Czeczok during the council's public forum time. Czeczok addressed Vogt's request at the council's May 2 meeting for an additional staffer to assist in keeping up with Olson's information requests. Czeczok said he disagreed with Vogt's statement that the city administrator's office received 60 memos from Olson in the past three months, most of which contained requests for information. Czeczok said he asked for the memos Vogt received from Feb. 1- April 30 and received information he didn't ask for. Czeczok asked the council why he would have to pay for information, per the city's information request policy, if he didn't ask for it. Bevans requested Czeczok put his concerns in writing so they could be addressed at a future city council meeting.
Congratulated Brainerd Police Officer Mike Lambert for being named officer of the year.
Adjourned the Personnel and Finance Committee to 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall for a meeting with Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association members.
Called for applicants for a four-year term on the Cable Advisory Board, for a term on the Library Board set to expire Jan. 1 and for the Character Initiative committee.
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