BAXTER - Baxter will be seeking an interim agreement with Brainerd Public Utilities for an additional 100,000 gallons of capacity at the Brainerd wastewater treatment facility.
Public Works Director Trevor Walter on Tuesday presented the Baxter City Council with wastewater projection flows from 2008-2012. Baxter is seeking an increase from 650,000 gallons per day, under the interim agreement, to 750,000 gallons to cover increases in residential and commercial use.
The city council on Tuesday also accepted several project concepts from developers with the understanding that future wastewater capacity may be an issue.
Both cities have an interim agreement in place ahead of a planned expansion of Brainerd's wastewater treatment facility, of which Baxter will pay a third of the cost.
Council member Jim Klein said Baxter should include in its request the statement that Baxter will pay its share of the preliminary design costs for the wastewater expansion, about $670,000, if Brainerd agrees to increased capacity.
"If we agree to pay that money back, and put it in the letter, it'll go a long way to getting that resolved," Klein said.
At its Nov. 5 meeting, the Brainerd City Council defeated a recommendation from its staffers to advise Baxter that its request for additional capacity didn't need to be addressed now but could be looked at in the future. At that meeting, Brainerd City Council member Mark O'Day said Baxter should be able to negotiate with Brainerd.
Construction on the $35 million expansion of Brainerd's wastewater treatment facility was scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007, with operation beginning in 2009. The permit application for the expanded facility was being considered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency before encountering a series of roadblocks, including the possibility of legal action by an environmental advocacy group and the discovery of a pollutant in Brainerd's wastewater treatment facility.
In other action, the council:
Set its first council meeting in January for 7 p.m. on Jan. 2.
Amended the boundaries for gas service providers within the city.
Directed staffers to work with the Crow Wing County Highway Department on possible uses of the former Deals and Steals property on Baxter Drive.
Adjourned to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Baxter City Hall regarding the bid on the South Perch Lake Area improvement project. An Economic Development Authority meeting also will be held Tuesday.
Proclaimed Baxter as a supporter of Sertoma's Winter Wonderland at the Northland Arboretum event taking place from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31.
Received a preliminary design on a proposed concession stand/pressbox/restroom facility at Oscar Kristofferson Park in Baxter. The council directed staffers to determine if the city could contribute $20,000 toward the final design. Council member Rob Moser said the Parks Commission will seek donations for the facility's construction.
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