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Silver Bay City Council Meeting; May 6, 2024

Expenses for the Library Construction Project and the HVAC project that is underway at the Reunion Hall were on Monday night’s agenda for the Silver Bay City Council. There is some survey work that will need to be done on the property that comprises the Library construc­tion site. Bolton and Menk will be doing that work. There is also some hazard mitigation work that will need to be done on the build­ing itself. The price tag for these combined expenses is $4,700. The Council voted to ap­prove payment for the expenses with a “not to exceed” clause.

Regarding the upgrade work at Reunion Hall, it appears that the electrical system at the Hall is not sufficient to cover the upgrade as origi­nally designed. The contractor doing the work did not inform the Council about this devel­opment prior to making the needed upgrades, which added $7,500 to the bill. The Council voted to table a decision on moving forward with payment of this amount until an indepen­dent party can look at the work and give them an estimate on its cost. The contractor has indi­cated that they could absorb the expense. The Council is considering options before making a final decision.

City Administration has been short staffed for a while and the Council adopted a temporary plan to bring in interim staffing support from Abdo Accounting and Financial Services. This decision comes at the recommendation of the Personnel Committee. The addition of temporary staff will help with record keeping while the City seeks to hire permanent staff to fill vacant positions.

Cheryl Marolt is retiring after a 33 year career serving the City. The Council accepted her retirement with regret and thanked her for her dedication to the community.

The next Silver Bay Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 20th at 7:00 PM.

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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