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Ruth Ann Hanson, Chamber Area Director
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Brainerd City Council Meeting, March 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

At the Brainerd City Council meeting last night, they heard a presentation from Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO, Lisa Paxton about the budgeting priorities of government. Lisa shared highlights from the recent Chamber survey about the economy. The Brainerd-Baxter Business Council has offered to give assistance to the City in future budgeting discussions by sharing their experiences with budget cuts. What is the City's shared vision and what is the road map for getting there? An example of the managing for results process was distributed which highlighted measurable results.

The Council approved forgiving $100,000 of the Wausau Paper revolving loan after some discussion and hearing from two Brainerd citizens. No significant change in the environmental effects of the paper plant are foreseen with the expansion in production.

Whether or not to raise City fees for building, fire, and planning permits was an issue of much discussion last night. Several Councilors mentioned they received phone calls voicing concern over the fee increase and the Council did not approve raising fees for permits.

The Council approved paying the lease and continuing to use the BNSF parking lot north of Front Street in Downtown for the next year.

The Personnel & Finance Committee began a discussion of the City's business subsidy policy, but took no action on it. Sheila Haverkamp, BLADC, assisted with this discussion and will continue to do so as needed in the future.

As always, the Brainerd Dispatch has great coverage of the meeting.

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

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