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The Silver Bay City Council Considers Stormwater Management Plan

Silver Bay City Council Meeting; March 6, 2023

Joe Rhein and Darek Benoy, from Bolton & Menk, appeared before the City Council on Monday night to talk about a Stormwater Management Plan for the city of Silver Bay. The purpose of the presentation was to inform the Council about a recent study that has been done so that Council members can gain un­derstanding of how the current drainage sys­tem is working, can prioritize maintenance and replacement of aging infrastructure, and can consider water quality improvements for the city.

Some of the city’s drainage infrastructure is reaching the end of its life expectancy. There are sections of metal culvert that are dete­riorating and there is concern that with the increased amount of rainfall we are experien­cing, the current system will be beyond its capacity to adequately handle the City’s was­tewater needs. NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has projec­ted increased rainfall amounts in the future due to climate change and updating the ci­ty’s wastewater system with larger diameter culverts and other improvements will reduce the possibility of flooding. The addition of hydrodynamic separators will help remove sediments and trash from the system and will improve water quality in the area.

The management plan that Rhein and Benoy presented is detailed in scope with regard to best practices for stormwater management. For now, the City Council’s task is to study the draft report so that pertinent questions can be asked and informed decisions can be made moving forward. The Stormwater Management Plan will be up for further discussion at the next City Council meeting in two weeks.

The City is looking to recruit part-time employees for the summer and is seeking volunteers to serve as campground hosts. In addition, the City is looking to recruit and hire a full-time police officer. The Council approved postings for these positions.

Finally, the Council adopted a consultant agreement with the Costin Group. The Costin Group has worked in government relations on behalf of the City and lobbies for Silver Bay in Saint Paul. The Costin Group is currently working with Senator Grant Hauschild and Representative Roger Skraba to secure funding for a number of local projects.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 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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