The Brainerd City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance regulating commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.
The purpose of the ordinance is to restrict parking of certain commercial vehicles in residential districts. Under the ordinance commercial vehicles -- a truck-tractor or semi-tractor -- will not be able to be parked on public or private property designated as residential -- R1, R2 or R3. The exception will be vehicles that are actively unloading or providing a service or associated with construction and are within 500 feet of the construction location. The penalty includes a $100 fine.
In other action, the council:
Accepted donations of $2,500 each from CenterPoint Energy Minnegasco, Vacationland Figure Skating Club and Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association towards heaters in the Gold Medal Arena. The cost estimate is $10,000 based on a bid from Thelen Heating and Roofing. The additional $2,500 will come from the city's arena fund or capital projects fund or donations.
Appointed Tony Sailer, Parks and Recreation Department specialist, as Brainerd Area Civic Center supervisor at his current rate of pay until spring.
About 50 people attended the Monday meeting. Council President Jim Dehen arrived about 7:45 p.m. Vice Chairwoman Mary Koep started the session a little after 7:30 p.m.
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