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Breezy Point: City receives land through purchase, donations

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The Breezy Point City Council voted unanimously to purchase two Whitebirch lots for the expansion of a disc golf course and accepted a donation of land for undetermined use during its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 5, at Breezy Point City Hall.

The owner of the Whitebirch lots listed the total cost for both properties at $19,000. After negotiations, the city will purchase the two properties at half price, or $9,500 in total.

The difference between asking price and negotiated amount is another $9,500, which the city considers a donation. The property owner may use that donation as a tax write-off.

The council also accepted a donation of land from siblings Linda Stende and David Stende. The lots, additions to Breezy Point Estates, are located on minimum maintenance roads.

Neither landowner has interest in developing the land themselves or continuing to pay taxes on the unused properties. The council agreed to accept the donation and put the lots on hold until a future need arises.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Updated the public on the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment put into action last month. The council will hold off on discussing results of the assessment until more city employees and large employers can participate.

• Summarized a meeting with the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club on the club's sewer issues. After hearing multiple options, PLCC has decided to use a septic holding tank for the time being. Emptying the tank will be the club's responsibility.

• Reminded the public about the comprehensive plan surveys. The deadline for Breezy Point residents to fill out the survey is Nov. 16.

• Approved the 2019 sealcoating schedule.

• Approved the purchase of the 2019 Freightliner plow truck with a cost not to exceed $215,000. The estimated cost currently sits between $200,771 and $205,932.

• Scheduled the canvassing board meeting following Election Day for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

• Informed the public of upcoming technology updates. The city is creating a Facebook page for connecting with residents and distributing information. The council also used Microsoft tablets from Sourcewell to view their information packets during the meeting for the first time Monday.

The Breezy Point Police Department responded to 128 calls in October, including 11 animal related incidents and two traffic arrests.

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