BAXTER -- Three fewer street and utility improvement projects will be done in Baxter in 2002.
The Baxter City Council Tuesday, in a 3-1 vote, put off improvement projects on Inglewood Drive, Clearwater Road, and Foley Drive. Council member Mary Marana cast the dissenting vote. Council member Darrel Olson was absent.
"I know the longer we delay these, the more the cost is going to go up," said Marana, to which council member Barb Wells answered: "But we want to do it right, don't we?"
The council met Saturday in a workshop to develop a consensus on what the city could handle and what it could not with street and utility improvements in 2002.
In regard to the Clearwater and Inglewood projects it was decided a task force made up of citizens and council members should look further ways to keep cost down.
Three other projects, Greenwood Road, Red Pine Circle, Cedar Scenic Road, were approved, but only with a 3-0 vote, as council member Mark Cross didn't vote.
"I had thought at a previous hearing we were going to allow some testimony," said Cross, who said his non-vote was an affirmative vote. "I'm not opposing the projects."
Baxter Mayor Gary Muehlhausen said it was his understanding that there would be no more testimony on the projects, just council discussion.
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