The use of fees gained from the establishment of a storm sewer utility in Brainerd were debated at Monday's Brainerd City Council meeting.
The city council, by a 6-1 vote, adopted an ordinance establishing the storm sewer utility Monday, and passed a resolution of a $3 per household monthly fee for the utility.
City Engineer Jeff Hulsether said the purpose of the utility and the fee is for the reconstruction of the city's storm sewer.
Council member Bob Olson voted against the fees because he said the way it's set up, at least for 2002, the fees would be used only for operating costs.
Brainerd City Administrator Dan Vogt said while some of the fees will be used for operating costs, a portion also will be used for storm sewers.
In other action, the council:
Passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of outdoor storage containers in residential and commercial areas of the city. Current storage containers will be allowed at their sites until they are moved.
Passed an ordinance annexing 2.06 acres of land belonging to Byron Eliseuson in Oak Lawn Township.
Heard from Brainerd Mayor James Wallin, who invited the Baxter City Council, the Brainerd School District and the Crow Wing County Board to use the Brainerd City Hall council chambers for their meetings if those entities wished to have their meetings televised.
Set a date of July 15 for the completion of the wetland delineation/boundary survey for the Ahlm property in northwest Brainerd.
Adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance of $1,283,750 in lease revenue bonds to Wells Fargo Brokerage Services at 4.7 percent interest by a 5-2 vote, with council members Olson and Gary Scheeler voting against the bond issue.
Directed staff to prepare amendments to the housing maintenance code. The amendments would include: Maintaining an emphasis on complaint-generated inspections by conducting complaint inspections parallel with scheduled inspections using a grid system; and to equally enforce maintenance and nuisance codes on owner-occupied as well as rental property. Another proposed amendment to the code is that all rental housing purchased or sold in the city of Brainerd must provide off-street parking pursuant to current zoning ordinances. Owners of existing units shall be exempt from the parking requirements until such time as the number of the units are increased.
Set a 2003 budget preparation work session for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
Approved a land sale reverter clause for land sold by the city of Brainerd that states if a building permit isn't taken out within a year for that property the land would go back to the city and the down payment for the land would be retained by the city.
Authorized seeking bids for the removal of a city-owned house at 19th and Pine Streets.
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