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Council addresses need for bypass lanes on County Road 11

Crow Wing County senior engineer Luke Wehseler visited the Breezy Point City Council Monday night, June 3, to discuss the city’s request for bypass lanes on County Road (CR) 11.

The council’s area of concern is the eastbound lane of CR 11 at access points on the north side of the road, where vehicles make left turns to Wildwood Court and Narveson Management Incorporated (NMI).

There is currently a left turn lane for eastbound vehicles to Eagle’s Nest Baptist Church, which was constructed when CR 11 was reconstructed from Pequot Lakes to its intersection with CR 3. However, when cars go to make left turns onto Wildwood Court or NMI, they often move over to allow traffic to pass on the right, which isn’t legal.

Having a bypass lane would allow traffic to move safely around those turning left into Wildwood. The county was not interested in extending the bypass to the NMI entrance because of daycare center on the south side of the road in that area.

Council member Tom Lillehei questioned the county’s method for determining where bypass lanes should be constructed. He said the issue was a matter of safety.

Wehseler explained that the county uses a scoping method to make the determination, which the county performed when a corridor study was done before construction.

Lillehei asked which of the three access points gets the most traffic.

“It depends on the day,” Wehseler said.

Mayor JoAnn Weaver said that the council was unhappy with how the area was constructed.

“It should have been right in the first place,” she said.

The council was also concerned with the city paying for constructing bypass lanes, which are estimated at a cost of around $15,000. Wehseler said the city and county could look into cost share options.

Weaver asked that Wehseler come back to the July 1 council meeting with more information and a drawing of the area in question.

Public safety

Breezy Point Police Chief Kevin Merschman reported a total of 254 incidents for the month of May. Those included 129 traffic stops, six traffic arrests, 27 assisting another agency, 16 animal related, nine medicals and three thefts.

Merschman reported that the high number of traffic stops were due to a toward zero death campaign.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Heard that the city’s wastewater treatment department received a certificate of commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for exemplary effort complying with the permitting process. The department has received 31 such certificates since 1979. John Monnier and Joe Zierden were thanked for their work.

• Appointed Joseph Ayers to the planning and zoning commission. Ayers replaces Boyd Roggenbuck, who has been unable to attend meetings due to work requirements. Weaver noted that Roggenbuck leaves the commission in good standing.

• Certified a fire service charge to 8218 Ski Chalet Drive. The City of Pequot Lakes billed Breezy Point for the service when the bill was not paid by the property owner. In accordance with the city’s fire contract, if a bill remains unpaid for six months it’s is forwarded to Breezy Point for payment. The city’s remedy is to certify the charges for service to the tax rolls.

• Chose to join the National Joint Powers Alliance.

• Approved repair to the electrical and ventilation system at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The plant is 30 years old, and the atmosphere is damp and somewhat corrosive, Monnier and Zierden reported. The total for the repairs is $5,813.