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Silver Bay City Council; January 16, 2024

In a fast-paced Tuesday night meeting, the Silver Bay Council approved the renewal of leases for Wildly Organic and Lake County Health and Human Services at the Mary Mac Business Center. HHS will be adding a Food Shelf to the services they offer, and there was a brief mention of additional space being available for lease at Mary Mac. The Council also approved lease renewals for the Lake County Ambulance Service.

City Engineer Joe Rhein present­ed a proposal for professional ser­vices from Bolton & Menk for their oversight of the public infrastruc­ture phase of construction for the Boathouse Bay project. The Coun­cil accepted the proposal which will allow Bolton & Menk to oversee the construction of public utilities. This will include the water mains, sewers, lift stations, and wastewater systems. JPJ Engineering is con­tracted for the construction work. The city has a significant interest in knowing that the public infrastruc­ture that is a part of this project is done correctly and to specifica­tions. Bolton & Menk did the de­sign work for the public utilities and having oversight will allow them to, in good faith, make sure the city is getting its money’s worth. The $178,000 for this work by Bolton & Menk has been budgeted as part of the overall construction costs.

Theodore Czaplicki has resigned from his position at the Water / Wastewater treatment facility. The Council thanked Czaplicki for his service and approved posting the position for hire.

A tentative date has been set for a groundbreaking celebration for Boathouse Bay. As of this writing, the groundbreaking will take place on Wednesday, January 31st at 11:30 AM. Dignitaries and the public are invited to attend. Interested resi­dents should watch this newspaper for updates regarding the date and time.

Finally, in the last edition of the Northshore Journal, I mistakenly reported that Richard Derosier had been appointed Acting Mayor. Der­osier will serve in this position only in the event that Wade Leblanc is unavailable for any reason. I apol­ogize for any confusion caused by my misunderstanding, and Mayor LeBlanc voiced his appreciation for all the concerned citizens who called City Hall to inquire about his well-being.

The next Silver Bay Council meeting will be held on Monday, February 5th 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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