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Busy Brainerd City Council Meeting - November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

I attended the Brainerd City Council and Safety & Public Works meeting tonight, November 16. I know these posts are supposed to be short, but so much happened at the meeting that this one is a little longer.

Before the meeting, Mayor Wallin had vetoed an ordinance regarding Specialty Food Shops in B-2 zoning districts because it contains the wording “coffee cannot be roasted on site” because he felt the wording was too restrictive against one type of specialty shop. When this came back before the City Council the mayor's veto was upheld and the ordinance was sent back to the Planning Commission.

The City Council held a public hearing and final reading of the ordinance about hunting regulations and the discharge of firearms in the City of Brainerd. The ordinance allows the discharge of firearms for hunting or target practice on private parcels of land over five acres if they meet all other requirements under state law, have permission of the property owner, and are authorized by annual City permit.

The City Council voted to increase residential rental registration rates from $24/year/unit to $32/year/unit with a 4-2 vote.

A first reading was held for rezoning the block located west of City Hall on Laurel and 4th Streets from B-4 (General Business) to B-3 (Central Business District). The first reading was held with a 5-1 vote. The second reading and public hearing is scheduled for the next Council meeting on December 7.

The first reading was held for a Liquor Zone amendment regarding the definition of the maximum space in a restaurant that may be used as a bar and eliminating the need for a wall dividing the two areas.

A committee will be formed to bring a recommendation for managing the use of the public right-of-way including the encroachment by signs, fences, and parking. Liability is also planned to be discussed. The committee will include two Councilors to be appointed at a later time.

The winter stars will not be put up on Washington Street or South Sixth Street this season in Brainerd due to energy and cost concerns. It was decided on a 4-2 vote.

The next public informational meeting for the 2010 South 8th Street Street/Utility Reconstruction Project will be Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Brainerd City Hall.

Emily Northey, Chamber Main Street Coordinator, enorthey@explorebrainerdlakes.com.

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H1N1 & Business

Friday, November 6, 2009

You may call it flu, influenza or some other name, but the H1N1 virus is receiving a lot of attention in the news media. Now called a global pandemic by the World Health Organization this illness is something we all need to keep informed about. Most businesses can have a role in helping to prevent the spread of H1N1. Business owners need to be aware of a few simple steps they can take to help protect their employees, customer and themselves from catching and spreading the flu. A few simple steps include keeping plenty of hand sanitizer available, keeping equipment sanitized or not sharing equipment like telephones, and working with employees who have flu symptoms to take time off from work or work from home. Small business owners should have plans about what they will do if many of their employees contract the flu and cannot work. Preparedness can be key to keeping your doors open during this difficult time. A good resource for more information is at http://www.flu.gov/professional/business/smallbiz The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College. For more information on the SBDC program visit www.clcmn.edu/smallbusiness or call us at (218) 855-8140.

Greg Bergman
Regional Director, Small Business Development Center
gbergman@clcmn.edu

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