BAXTER -- Baxter residents should have an option to dump leaves in the city soon.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, council members reported receiving phone calls regarding a place to drop leaves.
The parks department will be putting up a snow fence and a sign to mark the location developed in cooperation with the cemetery. The same site was used last year. Volunteers are preparing the area. People will be asked to dump leaves in the exact spot and take leaves out of bags. No garbage or brush will be allowed.
Residents may gain access off Maplewood and may make a U-turn through the Baxter Elementary School lot or exit from there.
Council member Rosemary Franzen arrived about a half hour after the meeting began.
In other business, the council:
Heard an update on the ongoing issue of the Terry Kinder property. The building department issued a stop order because of non-compliance. City Attorney Brad Person said the city may choose to take action for other issues through the nuisance ordinance but he added court action is time-consuming and expensive. A deck was constructed without a permit.
Approved final plats with conditions for Madden Lots, along Highway 371, Excelsior Business Center just off Excelsior Road and Nature Learning Trail Business Park along Highway 371.
Approved a conditional use permit for Grizzly's restaurant and retail center for Cocina Mexicanna.
Approved office alterations for the city to be completed prior to the end of the year and not to exceed $30,000 with $20,000 from the general fund, funded from a portion of the $24,699 from Crow Wing County tax-forfeited sales from land in Baxter, $5,800 will come from community development funds and $4,200 from water and sewer funds. The city approved $12,300 from the Community Development Fund to purchase office furniture and to increase contracted services, which should help the Building Department, by adding up to 1.5 days per week for the remainder of the year. The total of days for contracted services each week is 2.5 days with the addition.
The building department will be located in the former city administrator's office and the city administrator will be located in an existing office near the finance director's office. Two walls also will be constructed to create space for support staff.
Agreed to a request by Roger Dondelinger to allow construction of a parking lot concurrent with the conditional use permit with the knowledge the addition of lights and parking lot will not add to the property value should the city pursue the Cypress Drive extension. Lights will be boxed to keep light on the site.
Adjourned to a budget workshop meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 28.
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