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Breezy Point City Council updates chicken ordinance

Breezy Point residents living in residential estate lots are now permitted to keep chickens. The zoning district was not left out intentionally but was inadvertently not included in the original ordinance.

The Breezy Point City Council voted unanimously Monday, July 7, to add the zoning district to a revised chicken ordinance. Council member Tom Lillehei acted as mayor in Mayor JoAnn Weaver's absence because of illness.

The ordinance originally allowed residents to keep chickens in the wooded residential, low-density residential, medium-density residential and original neighborhoods zoning districts. Parcels must meet applicable setbacks and impervious surface requirements to be eligible for a chicken permit. This must account for the size of the chicken coop required for the number of requested chickens.

Roosters are not permitted; only hens. Commercial use of chickens within the city is not allowed, including the sale of eggs, and slaughtering the chickens is prohibited. The maximum number of chickens allowed for properties up to one acre is six; properties that exceed one acre are allowed up to 10 chickens.

Public safety

Police chief Kevin Merschman reported 223 incidents in June, compared to 228 last June. Of these, officers conducted four traffic arrests, responded to six crashes, received reports of three fires and made 76 traffic stops.

The department also received 13 medical calls, eight alarm calls, 12 animal-related calls, 77 miscellaneous calls and assisted other agencies 24 times.

Notably, the department had no theft reports this month, compared to four in June 2013.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Heard from council member Otto Schmid regarding several roads issues, including: how the roads committee will prioritize future road projects, an update on the Whitebirch Seven project, whether the city should assume control of the driveway into Antler's Restaurant, improvements to a drainage pond along County Road 4 Schmid said was once an "eyesore" and an upcoming study on egresses and ingresses on County Road 11 near Eagle View Elementary School that includes Crow Wing County officials and Pequot Lakes School officials.

• Approved a resolution appointing election judges for the 2014 election.

Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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