Breezy Point: Council sets 2020 appointments, designations

Echo Journal file photo.
Echo Journal file photo.

In its Monday, Jan. 6, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council made its annual reorganizational appointments and designations.

Council member Michael Moroni will serve as acting mayor if necessary, as well as liaison to the police department and planning commission. He will also serve on the roads and personnel committees.

Mayor Tom Lillehei will serve on the finance committee and act as fire representative. Council member Rebecca Ball will serve as administration liaison and participate on the finance and personnel committees, while Gary Mitchell will serve on the roads committee and be liaison to the public works department.

Council member Gary Bakken will act as liaison for the cemetery commission, commercial beautification and parks and recreation.

Joe Langel of Ratwik, Roszak, Maloney was selected as city attorney, and Clifton Larson Allen as city auditor.


Pine River State Bank was named the official depository, and the Echo Journal was selected as the official newspaper.

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Approved the purchase of a sanitary sewer jetter and snowblower for public works, new tile flooring for city hall, a new Microsoft Windows server and licensing for administration and the police department and a 2020 Ford Explorer squad vehicle.

  • Approved a revision to the city’s personnel policy, clarifying the opt-out language for health insurance. They also approved revisions in the finance specialist’s job description.

  • Approved a pay equity compliance report, which the council must do every three years.

  • Approved a resolution allowing the police department to participate in the Law Enforcement Support Office military surplus program.

  • Agreed to a Crow Wing County Joint Powers Agreement for inter-city emergency mutual aid.

  • Adopted revisions to the drug and alcohol testing policy for commercial drivers.

  • Discussed options for purchasing a dynamic sign for city hall. When polled, council members agreed they preferred the larger sign option (176 inches wide, 152 inches tall) with a rock base.

In December, the Breezy Point Police Department responded to 195 incidents, an increase of 35 from December 2018. Included in the incidents were three traffic arrests, six crashes and one theft.
In 2019, the police department responded to 2,041 incidents, an increase of 83 from 2018.

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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