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Silver Bay City Council Meeting; March 18, 2024

The Silver Bay City Council breezed through its month­ly meeting in about 20 minutes on Monday night. There was a fairly short agenda with only a few items that required de­cisions by Council members..

Readers may recall that at their last meeting, the Council was considering replacing the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCA­DA) system at the wastewa­ter treatment plant. Council members had some questions about the extent of what need­ed to be done and wanted to talk directly with staff in the Public Works Department so that they had a better under­standing of the scope of the suggested upgrades. In light of those discussions, it appears that the entire system does not need to be replaced and the upgrade can be achieved by simply replacing the control­ler. Barr Engineering, from Duluth, will be handling the upgrade.

A motion authorizing a Ster­til-Koni lift for the Street Department was carried by a unanimous vote. This will allow the Street Department to perform maintenance on heavy equipment.

Representatives from the Park and Recreation Department have been discussing the fu­ture of the building that hous­es the Senior Workshop with Mayor LeBlanc and the Prin­cipal of William Kelley High School, Dan Johnson. The current building is in need of rehabilitation and discussions are revolving around how best to address those needs while keeping the program going. Options that were discussed on Monday night included upgrading the existing build­ing, the possibility of provid­ing space for the program at WKHS or possibly moving the program to the Mary Mac Center. The search for solu­tions is ongoing. Stay tuned for further updates.

The Minnesota Pollution Con­trol Agency (MPCA) has re­quested an Access Agreement from the city so that they can investigate and possibly reme­diate any lead contamination along the shoreline where the Gun Club used to be. This agreement will simply al­low the MPCA to cross city property to do their work. The Council agreed to the MPCA’s re­quest.

A Tax Abatement hearing for the Housing Incentive Grant Program is scheduled for April 8th at 7:00. The meeting are held at WKHS. Further details will be forthcoming.

The Council took a moment to endorse the DNR Record of Decision on the expansion of the Mile Post 7 tailings dam. Council members commented on the importance of the de­cision with regard to the ne­cessity of expanding the dam to keep the mine functioning. The Record of Decision is based on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet which is the first step in an environ­mental review, if the MCPA Commissioner decides that no further review is required. An Environmental Impact State­ment (EIS) allows for a more in-depth review.

The next Silver Bay Council meeting will be held on April 1st 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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