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Two Harbors City Council meeting; October 9, 2023   

The Two Harbors City Council held a fast-paced meeting on Monday night. The Council approved the receival of a final layout plan for the Highway 61 reconstruction project. Though the overall plan has been made public in the past, there are a few refinements that will be made public at a hearing on November 13th during the regular Council meeting. Interested residents are encouraged to attend.

The Council has been asked to address the issue of poor stormwater drainage along the alley north of 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th street. Water tends to pool in the alley due to the contours of the area and residents owning property there have asked the city to remedy the issue. Bolton & Menk sought bids to do the necessary work but received only one response due to the fact that bidding requests came during the height of a busy construction season. The cost for the mitigation work was estimated at $30,000. Unfortunately, the bid that was received was for more than twice that amount. The Council voted to refer this issue back to the Public Works Commission to see if a temporary solution can be found. The plan moving forward will be to seek bids for a permanent fix when contractors are actively seeking work for the Spring construction season.

A public hearing on the 2024 – 25 Street project is scheduled for October 23rd. Joe Rhein, of Bolton & Menk reported that re-seeding work along 5th Avenue should start this week. As was reported in last week’s addition of this paper, the contract that the city holds for this work will remain open so that any additional remediation work that needs to be done can be completed in the Spring.

A MNDOT grant was approved for the much-needed pavement maintenance and replacement at the Airport. Additionally, the Council approved the lease of a loader with a snow blower attachment for use at the Airport. The equipment will be used to keep the runways clear of snow this winter.

Finally, the Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for the property at 402 1st Avenue for a Meeting Hall and Artisanal Industrial Workshop. The Planning Commission had given a green light for the conditional use plan which meets all city zoning and code specifications. The workshop space will be used for the production of artisanal candles.

The next Two Harbors City Council meeting is scheduled for October 23rd at 6:00.

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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