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Silver Bay City Council Meeting: April 3, 2023

Annual Audit Shows The City Of Silver Bay To Be Fiscally Sound.

Andrew Grice, of BerganKDV presented the 2022 financial picture for the city of Silver Bay to the City Council at Monday night’s meet­ing. The comment was made that city staff do a great job of managing the City’s finances. Grice stated that looking at revenues and ex­penditures for 2022, the auditor has given the city an unmodified opinion, which is the best rating they can give. The largest portion of ex­penditures for the year were for covering costs for public safety and public works. Grice ac­knowledged that recent additions and upgrades to the City’s accounting system are making the system more cost effective and are helping to improve the city’s financial picture. Residents who are interested in looking at the audit can do so by contacting the city offices.

Does your yard need to be spruced up for spring? Alex Truax, of Full Sun Services, is of­fering a three day, city wide brush pick up at no expense to homeowners. Residents can place brush, leaves, logs, shrubs and general yard debris on the boulevard side of the sidewalk. Logs are not to exceed 12 inches in diameter. The dates of the cleanup are May 30th to June 1st. Mark your calendars! Dates for pick up by street are as follows.

May 30: Adams, Aiken, Arthur, Bell, Burke, Charles, Chase, Carter, Banks to Davis.

May 31: Davis, Drake, Dodge, Edison to Horn, Banks to Horn, Evans, Horn to Hays, Gibson, Garden, Field, Green, Floyd, Ed­wards.

June 1: Outer, Kent, Law, Lee,Nelson, Marks, Shaw, Reed, Quincy.

In other business, the Council authorized the City Administrator to make an application and accept funds for a DNR 2023 Recreation Grant. If the grant goes through, the money will be used to make improvements to the outdoor rink at Rukavina Arena. Improvements will include new boards for the hockey rink with the ability to convert the rink area to pickleball courts in the summer. Other improvements will include a picnic area and hiking trail connection to the Gitchi-Gami State Trail. Bolton & Menk have conducted a Wayfinding Signage Study for the City and a concept plan was presented and ap­proved by the Council. Grant funding will be sought and the proposed signage, when fund­ing is secured, will include a new gateway sign for the city, large destination signs for public facilities and directional and street signage.

Finally, the Blue Line Club will be holding a hockey school at Rukavina Arena on July 22nd to 30th. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for April 17th 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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