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Breezy Point: Council accepts revised fire contract

During their Monday, May 4, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously agreed to accept a revised contract with the Pequot Lakes Fire Department after tabling that contract in a previous meeting.

During their Monday, May 4, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously agreed to accept a revised contract with the Pequot Lakes Fire Department after tabling that contract in a previous meeting.

The council's issue with the contract was that it stated the city "has no responsibility ... for acquiring, operating, maintaining, housing or replacing equipment as needed to provide the fire services described herein."

However, Pequot Lakes fire equipment is housed in a substation in the Breezy Point public safety building, and the city is responsible for maintaining that building.

After returning the contract to the city attorney for clarification, that sentence was deleted from the contract.

City administrator Joe Rudberg said this new contract is similar to the city's 2014 agreement with the Pequot Lakes Fire Department, simply "better defined."

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The council sent an ordinance regarding banners on area businesses back to the planning and zoning commission.

The previous ordinance stated that banners and streamers businesses use "shall be allowed on the face of a building and shall not be free standing." The amended ordinance removed the words "and shall not be free standing."

However, as council member Michael Moroni pointed out, this still does not allow for free standing banners, as the ordinance simply reads that banners are allowed on the face of the building.

Mayor Tom Lillehei suggested eliminating the city's rule on banners entirely, leaving it up to the business owner.

"We have been struggling with this for years, and I don't think we are going in the right direction with it," Lillehei said. "I would like to see us give some better definition to relax a lot of the restrictions we have on these banners and allow free standing banners."

Council member Otto Schmid disagreed, asking what would stop businesses from completely covering their property in banners.

The council eventually agreed to recommend the planning and zoning commission revise the ordinance to allow for a total of three banners, either on the building or free standing.

In other action, the council unanimously agreed to award the contract for the paving of Snowman Circle and a portion of Thrane Drive to Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd.

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Council members agreed to hire Neil Carlson for the public works department as a heavy equipment operator. HIs start date is Monday, May 11.

The council approved the renewal of Highview Campground's 3.2 on-sale malt liquor license, effective May 7, 2015 to May 6, 2016.

Two donations - one from the Essentia Foundation for $5,000 and one from Pleasureland RV Community Fund for $2,500 - were accepted to go toward the purchase of a second Lucas II automatic CPR device, which will be assigned to paramedic officer Josef Garcia.

The council approved the sale of the police department's 2004 Ford Explorer, with a minimum bid of $3,500.

In addition, the council unanimously agreed to appoint Brad Emans to serve on the Parks and Recreation Committee. According to a memo from Rudberg, Emans has "extensive experience" with youth sports, particularly hockey and football. He has opted to serve a two-year term.

Council member Diane Williams was not in attendance Monday.

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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