The city of Brainerd will take a closer look at four temporary buildings that might qualify for building permits.
In February, the council adopted a motion stating that residents who have temporary structures, commonly called hoop houses, would have to have them removed by June 1. As of Aug. 5, 23 of 43 temporary buildings had been removed.
The council passed its February motion because such structures had been appearing without building permits or verification of compliance with zoning requirements. Within the zoning code, temporary structures need to meet criteria for homogenous design and setbacks. Within the building code, temporary structures have to meet wind and snow load criteria.
On Monday, the council unanimously approved delaying a decision on the remaining four temporary buildings until its Sept. 4 meeting, at which time the city's building official could be present to explain if the buildings met the building code.
Thomas Cary checked the measurements on the new sidewalk he just completed Monday on Norwood Street in Brainerd. The property owner received a letter from the city of Brainerd stating the sidewalk must be repaired this year. Residents have the option of using the city's contractor or hiring their own for the repairs, but the Brainerd Safety and Public Works Committee learned Monday that, because only two bids were received by the city, residents can contact the city about the possibility of doing the repairs in spring 2008. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
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The temporary buildings are located on the 1000 block of Ninth Avenue Northeast, the 200 block of Eighth Street Southwest, the 1000 block of Pine Street and the 1000 block of Sixth Street South.
The four temporary buildings being discussed are all that passed scrutiny under the council's Aug. 6 motion - that if a structure met the state's building code the Safety and Public Works Committee would address whether the structure would meet the city's zoning ordinance, whether a variance would be granted or whether the zoning ordinance should be amended.
Of the remaining temporary buildings that have not been removed and don't meet building permit criteria, staffers recommended sending letters to the residents telling them they have 10 days to remove them.
The council also approved, by a 5-2 vote, requesting that a property owner on the 600 block of Seventh Avenue Northeast remove a temporary structure despite the fact that at less than 120 square feet, the structure didn't need a building permit. Voting against the motion were council members Bob Olson and Kelly Bevans. Olson said he was against requiring anyone to remove the structures because they weren't allowed to address the council at the Aug. 6 meeting.
In other action, the council:
Held over until September discussion on city sidewalk repairs. During the Safety and Public Works Committee, staffers said it was unclear how many residents would use the city's contractor or hire their own. Staffers also reported that if homeowners are unable to have their sidewalks fixed this year, they should contact city hall and the city would remind them about the sidewalk repairs again in spring 2008.
Adjourned to a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Brainerd City Hall.
Heard a presentation from Kathy Schroeder, tourism director with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, on the economic impact of tourism in the area.
Referred discussion on downtown Christmas decorations to Main Street Coordinator Emily Roragen for discussion with downtown business owners, with proposals to be returned to the council at its Sept. 4 meeting.
Called for applicants for one four-year term on the Charter Commission, five two-year terms on the Rental Housing Board of Appeals, one six-year term on the Economic Development Authority and one three-year term on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Ordered four no smoking signs for the Brainerd Public Library.
Held over a decision on having gravel spread on the Franklin Arts Center parking lot to allow staffers to determine the cost of such a project. Because the parking lot's asphalt surface was removed for the Highway 210 reconstruction project, the Lakes Area Growers Market has located its Tuesday sessions to the Gander Mountain parking lot in Baxter. Olson said the city should not do anything that would cost the city money.
Instructed staffers to develop a storm debris removal policy.
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