Brainers, MN: Council approves fee for food trucks

Brainerd City Council President Gary Scheeler (center) addresses the council Monday while City Administrator Patrick Wussow (left) listens.
(Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)

By Spenser Bickett  |  Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd City Council President Gary Scheeler (center) addresses the council Monday while City Administrator Patrick Wussow (left) listens.  (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)
Brainerd City Council President Gary Scheeler (center) addresses the council Monday while City Administrator
Patrick Wussow (left) listens.  (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)

The Brainerd City Council Monday approved a fee for food truck operators looking to serve up hot dogs, sandwiches, tacos and more in the city of Brainerd.

The council held the second reading of Ordinance No. 1437, which specifies a $500 annual fee for food trucks, wagons, stands and food carts. The council then unanimously approved the adoption of the ordinance following the second reading.

A memo from City Planner Mark Ostgarden provided information from 17 Minnesota cities about their own annual fees for food trucks. The annual fee of $500 is higher than the fee charged by the other cities that provided feedback.

“Based on the additional information from other cities, it is recommended that the city council consider reducing the annual fee considerably to be more in line with other cities,” Ostgarden wrote. “Based on other cities’ annual fees, it appears $50-100 would be more appropriate.”

A short term or seasonal fee is also uncommon, Ostgarden said. Of the 17 surveyed cities, only Albert Lea, Austin and Bloomington offered short term fees.

In other business, the council:

Approved payment to Kramer Leas Deleo for survey work on Wright Street in the amount of $1,300.

Approved an exempt gambling permit for Ski Gull, Inc., for a Sept. 24 raffle to be at Northern Pacific Center.

Approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for the Brainerd American Legion for a June 20 event to be at Northern Pacific Center.

Approved bills totaling $237,960.

Approved an out-of-state travel request for Brainerd Police Officer Justin Athman to attend drug court training June 18-19 in Sycamore, Ill. Athman will be joined by two other drug court team members to meet with the DeKalb County drug court to learn about their procedures and established practices.

Approved a leave of absence request of a period of one year for paid on-call firefighter Dennis Logelin.

Heard an update on capital improvement projects. Quotes for replacing the phone system are being reviewed, and range from $40,000-50,000.

Approved a quote from Midwest Generators for a generator for the police department. The quote is for $51,989 and includes installation costs.

Approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of a class 500 transit bus from North Central Bus at a cost of $138,046.

Approved a resolution authorizing the disposal of a 2004 class 300 transit bus by sealed bids, with bids being returnable by noon May 29.

Approved a proposal from Braun Intertec to perform material sampling and testing for the 28th Street project for a cost of $6,204.

Approved participation in the city of Baxter’s share of Crow Wing County’s chip seal contract to chip seal the portion of Fairview Road located within the city of Brainerd. Baxter is going to chip seal their portion of Fairview Road this year, and the city of Brainerd can have their section of Fairview Road chip sealed for a cost of $1,543.

Approved a motion recommending Crow Wing County proceed with County State Aid Highway 45 (13th Street) project development as originally proposed, with two driving lanes, two parking lanes and no bicycle lanes.

Approved a secondhand goods license for E.L. Menk Jewelers, 623 Laurel St.

Received a report from Police Chief Corky McQuiston, who reported the police department received 1,544 calls for service in April. Including parking violations, the department issued 248 citations in April, and had 14 conduct on premises incidents.

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