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Council holds public hearing regarding Whitebirch Drive and Creek Circle improvements

No residents spoke Monday, Jan. 6, at the Breezy Point City Council’s public hearing regarding development on Whitebirch Drive and Creek Circle.

The project includes paving and sewer installation on Creek Circle and part of Whitebirch Drive.

History of the project goes back to November 2010. The city commissioned Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) to perform a feasibility study at that time, but the project didn’t move beyond a preliminary hearing in April 2011.

The council passed a resolution Monday that allows the city to order plans and specifications for the project. The city’s engineer, Mike Rude of WSN, was named engineer for the project.

Rude said that 100 percent of the costs of construction for the sewer and road will be assessed to abutting property owners.

The council agreed unanimously that the project should move forward. It will be bid out in the spring.

Public safety

Breezy Point Police Chief Kevin Merschman reported 156 calls to service for December. Most notably, those included 45 traffic stops, 27 agency assists, nine animal-related calls, five alarms and three accidents.

Merschman reported in a year-end summary a total of 2,458 calls to service in 2013. This compares with 2,432 in 2012.

The council approved purchase of a new squad car and approved a contract for police services to go before the Pelican Township Board.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Accepted a $10,000 donation from the Fletcher Foundation for the Pelican Woods Cemetery.

• Heard an update from Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl. Dahl said his drug task force is hard at work. Methamphetamines and high-grade marijuana remain drugs of choice in the area. He said that Toward Zero Deaths work continues, and noted several motorcycle accidents in the last year.

Dahl noted burglaries aren’t just happening at night. Residents are reporting that homes have been burglarized during the day while they were at work.

The ice is bad this year, Dahl said, as the snow that fell insulated the ice.

• Made its annual organizational appointments. The Echo Journal was named the city’s legal newspaper. The council also made commission appointments and commission liaison appointments.

• Decided the fishing boardwalk project will be moved up a year, with construction beginning in 2014. The first nine holes of the disc golf course will be constructed in 2015. The capital improvement program was revised appropriately.

• Revised an ordinance regarding septic system transition to city sanitary sewer.

• Swore in Michael Moroni, the council’s newest member.