Breezy Point City Council considers project preliminary designs for roads and city hall – Pine & Lakes Eco Journal

Breezy Point City Council considers project preliminary designs for roads and city hall – Pine & Lakes Eco Journal

BREEZY POINT – The Breezy Point City Council discussed preliminary plans to rebuild Bushman Road and a new Breezy Point City Hall at its workshop on Tuesday, October 17.

Paul Sandy, senior project manager with WSB in Baxter, met with City Manager David Chansky and City Council members to discuss preliminary designs for the Bushman Road reconstruction project.

The project would require approximately 11 acres of easements from properties adjacent to Bushman Road.

The council will need to vote on the final designs of the project before beginning individual negotiations with property owners regarding easement costs.

I would prefer to hear from the residents to get a sense of where they stand on (the project) before we get too deep into it. I would like to hear from residents sooner rather than later.

Angelic ornaments

Breezy Point Mayor Angel Zerdin said as the city moves toward finalizing designs, she would like to see continued input from residents regarding the project.

“I would prefer to hear from the residents to get a sense of where they stand on (the project) before we get too deep into it. I would like to hear from the residents sooner rather than later,” she said.

With the majority of the road project taking place at Breezy Point and portions of it in Ideal Township, Ideal Township will bear $375,000 to $400,000 of the total cost and Breezy Point will pay an estimated $3.3 million for the project.

The council has not yet made a decision on weight restrictions for the road, which will also impact the overall cost of the project.

The council asked city administration to reach out to construction companies that regularly use Buschmann Roadway for trucking purposes to get feedback on the project.

The council heard a presentation from Lindsey Krenz, vice president of interior design at Widseth Engineering in Baxter, on updated designs for the new Breezy Point City Hall and Community Center.

The updated floor plans for City Hall include an 11,500-square-foot main floor with space dedicated to city administration, council chambers, a community room and a library.

The updated plans have an additional lower level of 4,000 square feet for storage and future office use.

The estimated total cost of the updated City Hall project is $3.7 to $4.4 million depending on finishing options and material prices at the time of construction.

Widseth’s updated plans also included designs for a community center that could be attached to the east side of the proposed City Hall.

I appreciate seeing where the community center could go. I love that we can tell people that this is what it can look like. But I don’t think we’re there yet.

Michael Morrone

Councilman Michael Morrone said he was happy to see usable plans for a community center, but felt the city wasn’t ready to move forward with them.

“I appreciate seeing where the community center could go. I would love for us to be able to tell people that this is what it could look like. But I don’t think we’re there yet,” Morrone said.

The council’s next steps for the City Hall project are to vote on the final design and begin taking construction bids.

Councilman Brad Scott was not present on October 17.

Tom Fraki, staff writer, can be reached at 218-855-5863 or tom.fraki@pineandlakes.com.

Tom Frake

Tom Frake is a news reporter for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, covering news in Crosslake, Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes. He reports for the Crosslake and Breezy Point city boards, as well as the Pequot Lakes School Board.

He also writes a personal column called Tom’s Take in which he writes stories about himself and life in the Lake District.

Contact him at tom.fraki@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5863 (be sure to leave a message).

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