Crow Wing County to transfer tax-forfeited properties to Baxter

The Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd DispatchA parcel on Evergreen Drive at the intersection with Hastings Road is set to be used as part of an extension of nearby Douglas Fir Drive as well as for stormwater management.

One at the corner of Memorywood Drive and Cedar Scenic Road will be home to a sanitary lift station. Two others — one on Inglewood Drive and one on Highland Scenic Road — feature existing stormwater retention ponds.

One parcel is already part of an existing public street, located at the dead-end of Marohn Road in western Baxter.

The city of Baxter will pay nothing for the land with the exception of potential closing costs, while the county will cover deed recording costs. State statute allows tax-forfeited property to be conveyed at no cost to local governments as long as the land is set for public use of some kind.

County Administrator Tim Houle told commissioners staff found the request to be consistent with the county’s land asset management policy and commissioners Rosemary Franzen and Steve Barrows.

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