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Breezy Point: Council tables road improvement discussions

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After some deliberation, the Breezy Point City Council tabled a discussion regarding the city's written policy for road improvements and assessment.

A written policy is necessary to provide consistent city action for road maintenance and improvement. City officials are looking to change some language within the current policy to better suit the needs of the city and residents, primarily in regard to deferred payments.

"In a nutshell, what we are trying to achieve here is that we are going to go through and do a road project with property owners that have more than one parcel, and we would allow them to defer their assessments for up to seven years ..." council member Michael Moroni said. "If the property changes hands, the assessment would become due (in full)."

Council member Rebecca Ball requested the matter be tabled to allow the council to review the topic further.

In other action during its Monday, May 6, meeting, the council:

• Unanimously approved a design and proposal for a sign at the public fishing dock on Breezy Point Drive.

• Submitted a request to Crow Wing County to approve the use of golf carts on County Roads 3, 11 and 39. The motion was approved 3-1, with council member Gary Bakken voting against the measure.

• Approved two plats for Whitebirch Village as part of its second phase of construction.

• Approved a refund of $5,000 to Aaron Baruch, who purchased three airport lots. The refund was conditional on Baruch obtaining a building permit for a house/hangar on the lots before Sept. 1, which he has.

• Adopted a resolution requesting the county assist all residents with the Wetland Conservation Act of 1991. Brainerd, Baxter and Nisswa have adopted similar resolutions.

In June, July and August, the council's regular meetings will begin at 6 p.m., as opposed to the usual 7 p.m., after a motion to do so was approved 3-1, with Moroni opposing.

In April, the Breezy Point Police Department responded to 105 incidents, 25 fewer than in April 2018. Included in those incidents were four crashes, two thefts and one fire.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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