Residents of downtown Brainerd will have another parking option.
While a $25 fine will continue for overtime parking in downtown lots, the Brainerd City Council Monday approved issuing a parking pass to downtown residents for $20, which would allow parking in one of two public parking lots exempt from the posted time. The two lots are at Seventh and Front streets, and on Laurel Street between South Sixth and Seventh streets.
The parking passes were recommended by the Parking Commission because all lease parking stalls in downtown Brainerd have been taken, and a waiting list has started.
The council also reaffirmed the current practice of allowing free parking for customers of downtown businesses. The practice has been to waive overtime parking fines for verified customers who have spent more than two hours shopping downtown.
The council was informed that Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc would put a notice of the practice onto parking tickets and the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce has volunteered to provide signage for downtown merchants.
Council member Bob Olson, a downtown building owner, abstained from voting.
In other action the council:
Approved up to $700 to contract with Christmas Decor to put Christmas lights on a tree at the center of Gregory Park. The council also was informed that Brainerd Public Utilities and the Parks and Recreation Department are in the process of putting up the city's Christmas decorations.
Approved a fee schedule of $30 per hour, for one hour a day, five days a week, with interim City Planner Dale Powers until Community Development Coordinator/City Planner Mike Brethorst returns from Bosnia, to be terminable by either party with 30 days notice. Powers will be leaving Brainerd on Jan. 2 for a position in Illinois, but said he could continue doing work via telephone, fax and e-mail.
Approved a rental housing agreement between the city and Otter Tail Wadena Community Action Council, which will conduct the inspections, by a 5-1 vote, with council member Bob Olson voting against. Olson said there were still a number gray areas that he felt needed to be worked through.
Approved an advance to step D of the salary administration pay plan for Sandra Anderson, police records management clerk, to $16.25 per hour.
Approved an advance to step D of the salary administration pay plan for Elaine Kraemer, administration secretary, to $17.36 per hour.
Had the second reading on a proposed ordinance pertaining to open off-street parking spaces and off-street parking for private residential usage; establishing off-premise surface parking lots as a conditional use in the R-1, R-2, and R-4 residential zoning districts; and listing a set of requirements for off-street parking lots.
Approved having staffers write a letter of assurance that Jaycees Park will remain a park for the foreseeable future in order to secure funding for the addition of a skateboard park.
Tabled the third reading on proposed ordinance pertaining to post frame structures to allow the council to review concerns from a resident.
Accepted the resignation of Connie Christenson from the Parks and Recreation Board effective Jan. 1.
Called for applicants for a term on the Library Board to expire Jan. 1 and for a five-year term on the Parks and Recreation Board.
Adjourned to 5 p.m. Tuesday for a special city council meeting to consider the sale of $1,075,000 in general obligation improvement bonds. That meeting was adjourned to a joint city council/Crow Wing Township Board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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