Breezy Point: Council declares local emergency

Patrick Wussow - 2018

In its Monday, April 6, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council approved Mayor Tom Lillihei’s declaration of a local emergency regarding the spread of COVID-19, effective until further council action is taken.

This declaration allows City Administrator Patrick Wussow to enter into agreements and contracts necessary for materials, equipment and services required to respond to such an emergency. Additionally, the declaration allows any or all city meetings to be conducted electronically or by phone.

“With the things going on today, this is going to be necessary to limit the personal contact we have and minimize the spread of this virus,” Lillehei said.

Wussow said no city employees have contracted the virus yet.

The council also approved a policy pertaining to how the city operates during the COVID-19 pandemic.


City hall, the public works building and public safety building remain closed to the public until further notice. Payments, permits and responses to questions will continue to be done by phone, mail or online, and essential services will still be provided.

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Adopted a resolution accepting bids for a shared road project on Ossawinnamakee Road, and called for a public hearing on the matter Monday, May 4.

  • Approved a rezoning request for a parcel of land on Buschmann Road.

In March, the Breezy Point Police Department responded to 126 incidents, a decrease of nine from March 2019. Among the incidents listed were two traffic arrests, four crashes, one theft and one fire.
Michael Moroni and Rebecca Ball attended the meeting remotely.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

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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