In its Monday, May 4, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council approved a resolution adopting assessments for road improvements to Ossawinnamakee Road, Graf Road and Sunset Strip.
In an assessment hearing conducted during the meeting, three residents addressed the council, many representing a group of residents and all of whom were opposed to either being assessed for the project or to the project in general.
Council member Gary Bakken asked if anything can be done - either on the part of the city or Crow Wing County - for assessed individuals who may be dealing with financial ramifications from the COVID-19 pandemic. Council member Rebecca Ball reminded the board that costs have been reduced on the project because it is being done in conjunction with Ideal Township, and the price may be considerably higher if the city’s part of the project is delayed.
“The fact of the matter is that the city of Breezy Point has entered into a road maintenance agreement with Ideal Township,” City Administrator Patrick Wussow said. “Part of that includes snow removal. Ideal actually plows this portion of Breezy Point, and Breezy Point plows another section of Ideal … Additionally, part of that agreement stipulates that we will work in concert with Ideal Township when there is a shared road project, and this falls under a shared road project.”
Council member Gary Mitchell suggested, if possible, that interest be dropped on assessments. Wussow said that may require a change in city policy. Council member Michael Moroni said if the city were to waive interest fees, it should make it absolutely clear that it is due to the pandemic to avoid setting issues regarding precedent in the future.
The council also agreed to award a bid on the project to Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd at a total cost of $123,791.08, with $94,710.38 assessed against benefiting property owners.
The council then approved a change order for the dynamic sign being installed at city hall. Because the log siding on the sign is being stained to match the building, questions have come up about the black lettering not being visible enough against such a dark background. The council opted to have the letters back-lit at a cost of $900.
In April, the Breezy Point Police Department responded to 104 incidents, a decrease of one from April 2019. Among the incidents were two traffic arrests, three thefts and five fires.
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