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Breezy Point: Council to seek requests for airport lots

After discussing the fate of three airport lots at several previous meetings, the Breezy Point CIty Council instructed City Administrator Patrick Wussow to create a request for proposal (RFP) for lots 46, 47 and 48.

The council's other option, Mayor Tom Lillehei said at the Monday, May 7, council meeting, was to offer the lots up for sealed bids at a minimum price of $3,000 for all three lots together. Council members, however, felt the RFP was a better direction to go, as those bidding for the lots would have to state their bid, proposed use and timeline for any project.

Council member Gary Mitchell said he supported the RFP because he wants to make sure the lots get used for aviation purposes.

The council then sold airport lot 42 to Andrew Kavie for $18,501. Kavie's bid was the highest of two.

Public safety

The Breezy Point Police Department responded to 137 incidents in April, including three thefts, two traffic arrests and one fire. Police assisted other agencies 26 times.

The council approved a resolution supporting Crow Wing County's All Hazard Mitigation Plan, which allows the county to seek grant funds after natural disasters. Police Chief Kevin Merschman said he added the need for a city storm shelter to the plan, which could give Breezy Point federal funding of up to 75 percent of the cost to construct a storm shelter.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Heard from resident Pam Lillehei during the open forum, who thanked Breezy Point police officers for their work during the Airport Days fly-in Saturday, May 5, and specifically Officer Elisha Dwyer for giving a safety presentation to students at Eagle View Elementary School recently.

• Scheduled a comprehensive plan workshop for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, with the city council, planning and zoning and core project team members.

• Contracted with DeChantal Excavating to add a bypass to the city's main lift station for $76,500. The bypass will allow temporary pump access in the case of both pumps failing or control panel failure.

• Agreed to use $1,500 from the parks and recreation budget to install an anti-siphon valve at the park bathrooms, as state law requires such a device. The well servicing the bathrooms does not currently have one.

• Agreed to repair the wellhead at the Knoxies well site that was damaged in 2017 when a vehicle hit it. The estimated repair cost is $1,205-1,500, and that money will come from the city's general fund.

• Vacated the Sunset Point planned unit subdivision at Ossawinnamakee Road and Clear Blue Avenue and approved a preliminary plat stating the land will be divided into four large lots, each with individual access and lakeshore.

• Renewed the Highview Campground's 3.2 on-sale malt liquor license for May 7, 2018-May 6, 2019.

• Terminated its building inspections service agreement with Danrich Inspection Services and approved a new agreement with Sadusky Renovations, Inc. Wussow said the city's previous administrator originally initiated this process, as Danrich has not done an inspection in Breezy Point for many years.

• Heard from Wussow that the planning and zoning commission is looking to revise the city's floodplain ordinance that was passed last fall. Wussow said he found out - through working with the county and the Department of Natural Resources - that Breezy Point's ordinance is much more aggressive than that of many other cities.

• Heard from Mitchell that the Heartland Cable Commission awarded five scholarships to Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point students. Recipients are Matthew Fabian, Chelsea Skluzacek, Alexandra Kotaska, Nathan Traut and Anna Schwalbe.