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Nisswa receives requests for tap room

The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 20, set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, to amend the liquor ordinance to allow for a brewer/tap room license.

The city has been approached a couple of times in the past couple of months about locating a microbrewery/tap room in the city. The city has the authorization to issue a license for this, but would have to amend the liquor ordinance and land use ordinance to authorize the use.

Such a business would not compete with the city’s municipal liquor establishment, council members have said.

In other business Feb. 20, the council:

• Appointed Jessica Waytashek to the Park Commission.

• Agreed to contract with Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for an estimated $18,500 for preliminary plans to improve Smiley Road from County Road 13 at Sportland Corners north to just past the Northland Center. Estimated project cost is $135,000.

• Approved a joint powers agreement with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

• Granted the Brainerd Jaycees a 3.2 beer permit for the Run for the Lakes Marathon on April 27.

• Rezoned Alluring Pines, Inc., from commercial waterfront to shoreland residential. The former resort property will be converted to a shoreland residential planned unit development.

• Approved a resolution for issuance and sale of general obligation bond for refunding the 2004 lease revenue bonds for the city hall/public works building. The city will save $321,262 over the remaining life of the bond, which is 2025.

• Approved with no waiting period Wayne and Sylvia Swanson’s cancer fundraising raffle request for June 18 at Grand View Lodge.

• Approved a request from Crow Wing County to reclassify tax forfeit parcels to non-conservation.

• Agreed to send a letter of support for Trail 77 in the city of Lake Shore. The proposed multi-recreational trail would run along County Road 77 through the city.

• Set the board of review to hear concerns about property market value for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

• Approved the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. agreement for 2013 for $1,750.

• Selected mayor Brian Lehman and council member Tina Foster to attend the National Joint Powers Alliance annual assembly April 10.

Council member Gary Johnson was absent from the Feb. 20 meeting.

• Learned the Minnesota Department of Transportation has taken back under advisement its proposed closure of the Clark Lake Road/Highway 371 median crossover.