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Breezy Point: Council renews audit service agreement

During their Monday, July 6, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council approved a proposal from Schlenner Wenner & Co. of Little Falls for a three-year extension of the firm's audit services, voting 3-2 in favor of the proposal.

The new proposal calls for the price of audit services not to exceed $7,320 for this year, with an increase of no more than 5 percent for both 2016 and 2017. The cost of the service in 2012 was $6,000, increasing by roughly $180 in the two following years.

Council member Otto Schmid initially moved to send the proposal back to the finance committee.

"When I sat down and did the math, I was a little concerned that we are looking at a 15 percent hike from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that time, there was a 3 percent increase in 2013 and 2.5 in 2014, and now we are looking at 15 percent. On the surface, it seems to be a little excessive," he said.

City administrator Joe Rudberg informed the council that the firm's standard rate is roughly $10,000, and they were giving the city a discounted rate. The rate was also "considerably cheaper" than other firms that were interviewed.

Mayor Tom Lillehei voted in favor of the proposal, along with council members Gary Bakken and Michael Moroni. Schmid and Diane Williams voted against it.

The council accepted two more donations toward the purchase of a Lucas II automated CPR device - the first from the Essentia Foundation for $3,000 and the second from the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club for $2,000. The donations brought the total donated amount to $14,500.

After accepting the donations, the council unanimously agreed to purchase the device for $14,417.33.

The council also approved a resolution correcting language to the city zoning code in the chapter regarding sexually oriented businesses. The language of that chapter referred to the issuance of a conditional use permit, but should make references to an interim use permit.

In June, the Breezy Point Police Department responded to 261 incidents. Among those incidents were 103 traffic stops, five traffic arrests, two crashes, two fires and six thefts.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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