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Whitebirch development moves forward

The Breezy Point City Council approved a development agreement with Whitebirch Inc. for Whitebirch Village, an active adult community to be built in the city.

Whitebirch Inc. is planning to build what will ultimately be a 52-unit development off of Whitebirch Drive. The city plans to pave roadways for the development and connect the development to city sewer.

City administrator Joe Rudberg said the development will be twin homes built in three phases. The first phase includes nine twin homes on Whitebirch Drive.

As part of the project, the city plans to install a gravity sewer line from Creek Circle down to the lift station on County Road 11. A portion of Whitebirch Drive will be paved.

In addition to approving the development agreement with Whitebirch Inc., the council approved a feasibility study and proposal for engineering services from Widseth Smith Nolting in the estimated amount of $35,275.

Public safety

Breezy Point Police Chief Kevin Merschman reported a total of 218 calls to service in the month of October. Those included, most notably, 84 traffic stops, 26 agency assists, eight animal related calls, six medical, six alarms and 79 miscellaneous.

In other business Nov. 4, the council:

• Approved the 2014 fee schedule with very little change.

• Heard consensus approval of the 2014 budget.

• Approved hiring of part time police officer Todd Szymanski. A Breezy Point officer will be gone due to surgery, and the department’s usual part-time officers are busy with other duties or responsibilities.