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Silver Bay City Council Meeting, March 20, 2023

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Career Expo on April 3rd from 12 to 8 PM. The event will be held at Two Harbors High School. Residents who are interested in learning more about career opportunities in Lake County, from law enforcement to healthcare and beyond, are encouraged to attend.

Joe Rhein from Bolton & Menk was on hand at Monday night’s meeting to present the proposed Stormwater Management Plan to the Council. The plan outlines the current status of the City’s stormwater system and suggests components that need upgrading or replacement. The Council voted to adopt the plan and will begin the process of seeking grant funding for the project.

The opportunity for Silver Bay residents to apply for neighborhood revitalization mini-grants is scheduled to take place soon. As in years past, the maximum grant request per household or business is $500. Those interested in applying for a grant to improve the exterior of their home or business should contact City Hall.

The issue of short term vacation rentals was on Monday night’s agenda. Council members discussed the pros and cons of short term rentals and had questions about how best to zone for such properties. Zoning regulations for vacation rentals are designed to insure that short term rental properties are maintained in an appropriate manner and are managed in such a way as to not become a nuisance to adjacent property owners. The proposed amendment for short term rentals was tabled and the Council will be working with the Planning Commission to get clarification on how best to proceed. A public hearing on this issue will be scheduled prior to any final decision on short term rentals.

The next City Council meeting will be held on April 3rd 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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