Three Brainerd City Council members attended their last council meeting Monday.
Ward 2 council member Mark O'Day, Ward 4 council member Debbie Olander and at-large council member Frank Asplund were all presented with the Tower Award for their service on the council.
O'Day, a council member since 1991, and Olander, a council member since 1997, did not run for re-election this year. Asplund, a council member since 1989, lost his at-large seat to Mary Koep in this year's election.
"They all worked hard to reach consensus and made Brainerd a better place to work and live in," said council president Lucy Nesheim after presenting the outgoing council members with the Tower Award.
With light-hearted remarks, O'Day said he learned a lot during his years as a council member, though patience wasn't one of the things.
"I'll save the rest for my psychoanalyst," quipped O'Day.
Olander thanked her parents and children for their support, and city staffers for making her tenure a "positive, wonderful learning experience."
Asplund also thanked the city staffers and the council members he has worked with over the years.
"It's been a wonderful position to hold on behalf of the people," said Asplund.
Along with Koep in the at-large city council seat, new city council members will be Kelly Bevans, representing Ward 2, and Ann Nelson Fisher, representing Ward 4. The new council members will be sworn in at the city council's Jan. 6 meeting.
In other action, the council:
Approved the 2003 operating and capital budget for Brainerd Public Utilities.
Amended the Brainerd Oaks tax-increment financing project to $203,500 for 20 affordable housing units. The previous Brainerd Oaks TIF project was for $572,000 for 56 units.
Set a public information meeting for the Laurel Street improvement project at 7 p.m. Dec. 30.
Was informed the city received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Association of the U.S. and Canada for the ninth consecutive year.
Accepted the resignations of Timothy Gehrls from the parking commission and Leonard Strobel from the charter commission.
Called for applicants for the three-year term on the cable advisory committee, a four-year term on the charter commission, a five-year term on the parks and recreation board and two three-year terms on the parking commission.
Adopted an ordinance amending the airport board name from the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport Commission to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission.
Heard the first reading on a proposed ordinance to amend the city code to include crime-free housing background checks.
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