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Silver Bay City Council; April 1, 2024

The Silver Bay City Council worked through a full agen­da on Monday night. Several resolutions were approved to award contracts for the HVAC work planned at the Reunion Hall and for the installation of an equipment lift for the Street Department. The Coun­cil also approved a new Point Of Sale system for the Mu­nicipal Liquor Store. The new system (TOAST) is one of the retail industry’s most popular POS systems and is used by a number of restaurants in town. TOAST will provide Liquor Store management with great­er efficiency in record keeping, inventory control and payroll.

The 2024 Audit has been per­formed by Creative Planning – BerganKDV. In short, the City Administration has done a good job on managing the City’s finances. The Auditor rendered an unmodified opin­ion which is the highest rat­ing an auditor can give. The City’s revenues have exceed­ed expenditures for the year. Readers who are interested in the details of the audit should contact City Hall.

The Silver Bay Police Depart­ment has received a Public Safety Grant that will facilitate the installation of new cameras in city squad cars. Officers will also be carrying the new body camera system. Lenslock, a company that provides tech­nology for law enforcement agencies, will be supplying the systems. Officers in Lake County and Two Harbors also use Lenslock systems. Coun­cil member Richard DeRosier pointed out that use of body and squad cameras are regulat­ed by Minnesota State statutes and are not left to the discre­tion of individual police offi­cers. Additionally, the release of camera footage to the public is regulated by the State and is not simply left to the discretion of individual police depart­ments. A public hearing on the new body / squad cameras will be held on April 15th at 7:00 at City Hall. Interested residents are encouraged to attend.

The Council approved a notice to award work for the Library construction project to Nor- Son Construction. Grant funds have been secured to finance the lion’s share of the project. Grant funding is time sensitive and while there is some short­fall in funding for the project at present, it is important to move forward with construc­tion so that the city does not lose the funds that have been acquired. Library Director Shannon Walz and her staff have been diligent in seeking funding sources for the Library expansion project and while they will continue to seek the needed funds to complete the project, a plan is in place to cover the existing shortfall.

In other business, the Council accepted a license agreement with Minnesota ATV for their Ride The Shore event which will be held from June 28th to 30th. Advertisement for the Neighborhood Revitalization mini-grants can be found in this edition of the Northshore Journal on page 2. Residents interested in taking advantage of the mini-grants can find more information within the ad.

The next Council meeting will be held on April 15th at 7:00.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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