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Council discusses airport plowing

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The city of Breezy Point plowed snow at the Breezy Point Airport, which raised some concern with council members, who felt city property should not be used to plow private property.

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City Administrator Joe Rudberg explained in a memo to the council that airport plowing is not a standard practice, and the airport was charged for the plowing based on the city’s fee schedule. He maintained that not plowing the helipad at the airport could be a public safety issue for the North Memorial Ambulance helicopter.

Council member Otto Schmid pointed out that oftentimes a snow event is when accidents occur and the need for the helipad could be the greatest.

Other council members expressed concern over city liability.

Rudberg also stated that the users are taxpayers, and there’s a need for public relations and cooperation.

The council made no motions on the issue, but the general consensus was to refrain from using public equipment to plow private property, which is the city’s policy.

“Outside the exception, we’re not providing this service. If there’s an emergency, we will provide this service,” Rudberg said.

Public safety

Police Chief Kevin Merschman reported a total of 222 calls for service for December. Included in that total were 98 traffic stops, eight traffic arrests, 32 assisting another agency, eight alarms, seven animal related calls, seven accidents and 57 miscellaneous.

Merschman also submitted a yearend report, which showed a total of 2,432 calls for service in 2012. This compares with 2,209 calls for service in 2011.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Changed procedure for approving the monthly consent agenda. The consent agenda will no longer be approved by motion. Each council member is given the opportunity to pull an item for discussion, and if no items are pulled, the mayor announces that the items are adopted. Council member Scott Willer made a motion to continue with the former procedure of adopting the consent agenda, but his motion failed.

• Heard a report from the cemetery commission. Sixty-eight lots have been sold at Pelican Woods Cemetery, and there have been 36 burials. Of those burials, 13 were cremains and 23 were traditional.

• Approved a new zoning district, the Airport Zoning District. A memo on the district stated that the intent is to recognize the existence of a recreation airport, preserve its future and allow for the development or redevelopment of the adjacent properties.

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