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Cook County Commissioner Deb White to Discuss Capital Improvement Plan in Colvill December 16th

Cook County Commissioner Debra White (Dist 1) is hosting a meeting on Saturday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in the Colvill Town Hall to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) underway for Cook County.

Specifically, Commissioner White will present and discuss the proposed improvement plans for both the Colvill Town Hall and the Hovland Town Hall and receive feedback from the public that she can share with the county board and staff.

Both town halls are simple buildings that are more than 70 years old. They are each anchor for their respective unincorporat­ed communities, hosting weddings, dances, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other community events. The Hovland town hall is the venue for the bi-annual Hovland Arts Festival, and the Colvill town hall is the meeting location for a local Girl Scout troop.

Although owned by the county, most of the maintenance and management of these his­toric buildings has been done by community volunteers over the years.

Among the improvements proposed in the CIP prepared by the architectural firm CR-BPS-Building Performance Specialists, under contract with the county board, is re­placing the original hardwood floors in the Hovland town hall.

According to the draft plan written by CR-BPS, the estimated cost of improving these two facilities is over $400,000.

Commissioner White plans to go over the itemized improvements proposed during the meeting to inform residents what is planned and get feedback from the public to help her and her fellow board members make an informed decision about the historic town halls. She’s also looking to get input on the CIP overall.

The Colvill Townhall is located at 2965 East Highway 61. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., but expect doors to be open after 9:30 a.m.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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