BAXTER -- The city of Baxter has hired a St. Paul attorney who is an expert in annexation issues to assist City Attorney John Person in the annexation dispute between Brainerd and Baxter.
Timothy E. Marx, an attorney with Briggs and Morgan in St. Paul, was hired Tuesday to represent the city in the upcoming annexation proceedings involving Minnesota Planning. The city was given a 30 percent discount by the firm because they handle other city business.
Mayor Gary Muehlhausen said he thought that talks conducted between Baxter and Brainerd city officials last week at the Paul Bunyan Learning Center were a good start. But he said he was disappointed that certain Brainerd City Council members said Monday that there was no use to further negotiations between the two cities.
"The feeling I had from that meeting was that there was dialogue and progress being made," said Muehlhausen. "I'm disappointed. I thought we were making progress, but I guess I was wrong."
"It's unfortunate it has to come to this," said Baxter City Council member Barb Wells.
"I think the sad thing is that it is going to cost taxpayers in both cities," said Muehlhausen. "That money could have been spent elsewhere."
In other council action, the city authorized that bids be let for $3,730,000 in 2000 general obligation improvement bonds for several road projects, including Parkwood, College, Glory and Isle roads.
The city authorized the newly formed Baxter Economic Development Authority to establish a redevelopment project area in the proposed expansion of Baxter City Hall in order to fund the project. A hearing was set for 7:45 p.m. June 20 at city hall.
A hearing was set for 8 p.m. June 20 to assist Team Industries, Inc., a large industrial firm, in applying for funds under the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development under the Minnesota Investment Fund. The company is hoping to build in the industrial park expansion project.
The amended plat of Paige and Blair First Addition to Baxter was approved with conditions.
The city awarded a lawn irrigation bid to Leroy Horner for installing the sprinkler system at the chlorinating station on Industrial Park Road and County Road 48 for $1,600.
The city reimbursed Navillus Land Co. for $15,292 for extra depth and half the de-watering costs on Forthun Road.
Partial payment was made in the amount of $176,957.31 to Eagle Construction on the College Road project.
A temporary stormwater retention pond was approved on the southeast corner of Baxter Elementary School.
Mary Haugen was hired as receptionist/secretary.
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