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Breezy Point: Council approves plans for road improvements

During their Monday, March 2, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously approved plans and specifications for the improvements to be made on Snowman Circle and Thrane Drive. The council also agreed to advertise for bids for the project.

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During their Monday, March 2, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously approved plans and specifications for the improvements to be made on Snowman Circle and Thrane Drive. The council also agreed to advertise for bids for the project.

Specifications for Snowman Circle were initially approved at the council's February meeting, but were reconsidered with the addition of a 120-foot portion of Thrane Drive.

The city will open bids at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, and the council will review those bids at its April 6 meeting.

In other action Monday, the council agreed to allow the Breezy Point Police Department to make purchases for department upgrades. First, council members agreed to the department's budgeted amount of $5,000 - along with an additional $6,000 from alcohol forfeit funds - for additional infrastructure for in-car squad cameras. This total will also include the purchase of a Wi-Fi hotspot to download the video from a squad car and a dedicated server to store the video.

The council also allowed the police department to acquire one mobile automated license plate reader in one of its patrol vehicles. This system automatically reads a vehicle's license plate and alerts the officer if that vehicle was involved in criminal activity, from thefts to kidnappings.

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"I do believe it is going to save lives," Police Chief Kevin Merschman said.

The council unanimously agreed to promote Joe Zierden to the position of public works supervisor, and had advertised for a public works worker/heavy equipment operator. The city will continue receiving applications for that position until April 3.

In February, the police department responded to 145 incidents - an 11 -percent increase over February 2014. Among those were 57 traffic stops, two traffic arrests, three crashes and two thefts.

Council member Otto Schmid was not present at the meeting.

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