With stronger enforcement of zoning and nuisance ordinances underway in Brainerd, a work session has been set to assess the effort.
The Brainerd City Council on Monday scheduled the meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Brainerd City Hall.
The meeting was the idea of City Planner Mark Ostgarden, who recommended city officials sit down with the council to assess code enforcement in general, to see what works and what doesn't.
It has been in the past two years that the city of Brainerd has been more strictly enforcing its nuisance and zoning ordinances. Nuisances that fall within the ordinance are such things as garbage in yards, unmowed lawns, junk piles and cars parked on lawns. Zoning violations include parking on unimproved surfaces, parking inoperable vehicles on city streets or private property, erecting temporary structures on private property and temporary signs that have not been permitted.
If a violation of the nuisance ordinance is found, the police department will ask a property owner to fix it. If it is not abated, a $25 citation could be issued. A second offense would result in a $50 fine, a third offense a $100 fine. If all else fails a $200 fine and a court appearance could be the result.
A violation of the zoning ordinance is a misdemeanor crime, punishable with up to a $500 fine or 90 days in jail.
In other action, the council:
Was informed by Ostgarden that the state Demographer's Office has estimated Brainerd's 2004 population to be 13,798.
Approved the sale of a lot in the industrial park to Goodin Co., a wholesale supply company, for $132,734, plus an additional 30 feet of another lot with cost to be determined.
Approved the purchase of a non-patrol vehicle for the police department at a cost not to exceed $14,500.
Authorized hiring Widseth, Smith and Nolting, a design and engineering firm in Baxter, at a cost not to exceed $3,500 to conduct a feasibility report to extend water and sewer service along Beaver Dam Road in conjunction with Crow Wing County's proposal for a road improvement project.
Called for a public hearing 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 for the West Laurel Street and Northwest/Southwest Fourth Street improvement project.
Called for applicants for a four-year term on the Cable Advisory Board, a term on the Library Board to expire Jan. 1 and several openings on the Character Initiative Committee.
Accepted the withdrawal of a leave of absence request from Sgt. Terry Crocker, and removed the temporary sergeant appointment of Troy Schreifels.
Accepted the resignation of police officer Holly Ailts.
Accepted the resignation of on-call firefighter Aaron Johnson.
Authorized the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission to spend up to $2,000 to establish a new police officer hiring list.
MATT ERICKSON can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5857.
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