The Northwoods League has a new lease with the city of Brainerd.
However, no team is scheduled to replace the Mighty Gulls, who stopped playing in 2002.
The Brainerd City Council approved a lease Monday that runs from 2005-2009 by a 5-2 vote. During that time, Northwoods League would agree to pay a non-refundable $5,000 a year. If games are played, the $5,000 would be applied to the league payment to the city. If no games are played, the city would keep the $5,000.
Voting against the lease agreement were council members Bob Olson and Mary Koep. Olson said he couldn't support the lease agreement because he felt the city and the Northwoods League already had an agreement in place for the 2003 and 2004 seasons, had budgeted $7,000 per year because of that agreement and was never paid.
Dick Radatz, Northwoods League president, said he never agreed to the previous proposed lease. With the new lease, Radatz agrees to pay the $5,000 per year and to pay $15,000 in outstanding debts to vendors owed by the previous owner.
In other action, the council:
Accepted a bid of $5,434 from Gull Lake Sandblasting & Powder Coating to remove failing soundproofing material from the ceiling of the Brainerd Area Civic Center. Discussion in regard to installing insulation on the ceiling was put on hold until the council's Sept. 7 meeting.
Directed City Administrator Dan Vogt to contact Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad representatives to request the railroad donate property across Washington Street from Franklin Junior High School, commonly referred to as the hole. Rhythm of the Rails has expressed interest in the land for a railroad theme park. If the land is donated to the city, Rhythm of the Rails would in turn buy the land from the city.
Denied a request from the Tabernacle Skate Park Committee to use the Brainerd City Hall parking lot for a night of music and skateboarding. The request was denied because a written request wasn't submitted.
Set a special Safety and Public Works Committee meeting for 5:30 p.m. at Kingwood and Seventh streets to discuss issues pertaining to the north Brainerd sidewalk project.
Accepted the bid from West Side Amoco for towing services from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2005, at a base price of $35 per tow without impound, for towing disabled vehicles, for towing city vehicles and for miscellaneous towing; $7 per vehicle for towing during street sweeping; and $60 for motorcycle and semi-truck towing.
Accepted, by a 5-2 vote, a $28,288 bid from Widseth Smith Nolting, an architectural and engineering firm in Baxter, for a northeast Brainerd utility master plan and feasibility study. Olson and Koep voted against. The plan would look at the feasibility of extending services toward Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
Approved a request from New Song Fellowship for an outdoor Christian Festival from 4-9 p.m. Aug. 29 in the parking lot between South Sixth and South Seventh streets.
Entered into an access agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to investigate the release of a hazardous substance in the vicinity of the Meyer Cleaners building on Washington Street.
Approved a request to promote the Forgot-Me-Not program from the Disabled Americans Veterans for Aug. 20-21.
Accepted a Department of Justice $3,000 grant agreement to enforce underage drinking laws from July 1-May 31.
Approved a Minnesota Lawful Gambling exempt permit application from the Brainerd chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association for a raffle on Sept. 10 at the Moose Lodge in Brainerd.
MATT ERICKSON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5857.
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