Pine River Council receives transit merger approval
The Pine River and Brainerd and Crow Wing County transit services will merge Oct. 13.
The Pine River City Council approved the transit service agreement Aug. 13, and the Brainerd and Crow Wing County transit services granted approval as well last week.
The Pine River council approved the merger with the understanding that service to Pine River would be maintained and not reduced. The agreement also stated that service would be on demand, and at the same cost as the Ride-With-Us Bus.
In other business, the council:
• Was informed of development taking place at Forbes Park, including installation of a pay box, grills and a picnic table, as well as remodeling done to a lean-to.
• Approved the reservation of Forbes Park for the 2013 Heritage Days Rendezvous Encampment Sept. 5-8. The council also waived the reservation fee, which is standard for community events.
• Discussed the Artisan’s Building. An awning on the building overhangs the sidewalk and is in disrepair. The property has gone back to the bank. The council agreed to give the bank until the September regular council meeting to make a move in fortifying the awning before it would begin legal action.
• Discussed the lease for the city library. City Attorney Ted Lundrigan suggested that the lease be rewritten for the purpose of clarity. The new lease should more clearly define responsibilities of land owners and lease holders. The council agreed to begin discussion with the library board for just that purpose.
• Renewed an airport maintenance agreement.