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Silver Bay City Council Meeting; May 15, 2023

The Silver Bay City Council held a public hearing on Monday night over resolutions pertaining to short term vacation rentals. Three property owners were on hand to advo­cate in favor of STVRs. One of the petition­ers stated that short term vacation rentals add to the local economy because people who stay in them spend money in local restaurants and stores. The point was also made that the lots upon which STVRs could be located are expensive and will likely not be sold for start­er homes. One owner mentioned the need to rent his property when he is not residing there as a way to offset the high property taxes he pays. None of the parties advocating for ST­VRs at Monday night’s meeting are full time residents of Silver Bay.

The availability of STVRs undoubted­ly draws visitors to the Silver Bay area but there is concern among council members and among area residents about whether or not the benefits of STVRs outweigh possible drawbacks of such properties. There are cur­rently no single family homes available for purchase in Silver Bay and the fact that ST­VRs attract visitors does not address the need for affordable housing. Secondly, properties that can accommodate STVRs add to the ar­ea’s tax base but increasing the tax base in this manner can drive first time home buyers out of the market. There is also the concern about excessive noise, after hours partying, increased traffic and parking and possible vandalism and trash accumulation that have been associated with STVRs across the coun­try.

City Attorney Timothy Costly advised the council to look further at the city’s zoning and code documents to make sure the language is consistent with regard to land use issues. The City Council is looking at a possible quota of six STVRs, will continue to study the is­sue and will vote on a resolution in a future meeting.

The Lakeview Drive project is moving ahead. A representative from Bolton & Menk was on hand at Monday’s meeting and in­formed the council that the DNR has given approval on the project. The Council has also approved the plan. There is still a question about funding from the State which is expect­ed to be resolved in the next few weeks. Con­struction will likely start in August.

The Council authorized the application for a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the pur­chase of safety equipment for the Sewer De­partment. Additionally, CPR and Competent Person Training will be available to city staff. This training will help ensure that there are individuals who can provide emergency care, if needed, at city construction sites.

The Council approved a proposal from IRN for the installation of a wi-fi and security camera system at the arena and students from William Kelley School have written letters to the City Council encouraging city officials to place more trash barrels in and around public spaces. It is encouraging to see young people engage civically with their community.

The next City Council meeting is sched­uled for June 5th at 7:00 p.m.

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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