Long Lake Township has joined the list of townships concerned with Brainerd annexation.
The concern is with Brainerd's annexation and acquisition of land in Long Lake Township, just east of the Brainerd Industrial Park and south of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
The Brainerd City Council Monday adopted an ordinance annexing about 58 acres from Long Lake Township and also approved the purchase of those 58 acres, owned by Harold and Alvina Thiesse. The annexation will be sent for approval to Minnesota Planning Nov. 17.
The 58 acres, to be used as Phase III Industrial Park, were purchased from the Thiesses at a cost of $600,000. Of the 58 acres, 31 acres will be available to build on, and Brainerd City Administrator Dan Vogt said several companies have expressed interest.
Long Lake Township's visit to the Brainerd City Council Monday came on the heels of Oak Lawn Township, Crow Wing Township and Unorganized Territory's fight against annexation by Brainerd and Baxter.
Long Lake residents are concerned with what's in store for them once a commercial business opens on its border, as well as what will happen to Long Lake property taxes.
"My concern is people out Long Lake Chair Herb Thiesse felt Long Lake was not approached properly about Brainerd's annexation procedure, but Vogt said the city, as required by state statute, did inform residents, the county and the township.
Long Lake invited Brainerd officials and council members to its board meeting in order to discuss annexation and what impact it may have on Long Lake residents. Brainerd accepted the invitation.
Both Brainerd and Long Lake agreed to meet in order to further discuss the impact of annexation on Long Lake, as well as to quell concerns of the township residents about Brainerd annexation.
Brainerd has maintained a policy of only annexing property by petition to do so, but the city does actively pursues residents outside of the city to inform them of any benefits of annexing into the city.
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