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Silver Bay City Council Meeting; September 5, 2023

The Silver Bay City Council meeting was conducted in an efficient manner last Tuesday evening. Two resolutions and three proposals were on the agenda and all were passed by the Council.

Joe Rhein, of Bolton & Menk, informed the Council that four bids for the improvements to East Lakeview Drive have been received. Rhein had a recommendation as to which of the bids to accept and stated that Lake County will “own the contract” and will award the bid. The City has obtained $1.8 million in grant funding for the project and construction is likely to start in October and finish up in the Spring of next year. The additional resolution before the Council pertains to an easement agreement with Cleveland Cliffs-North-Shore Mining, to expand parking, trails and camping sites at Black Beach Park. The Council unanimously passed both resolutions.

The City has been in need of a Caterpillar Excavator for a couple of years. This type of equipment has been in short supply due to recent supply chain problems, but City Administrator, Lana Fralich, informed the Council that one is available for purchase. The cost of the excavator is somewhat higher than expected, but since the overall expense for replacement has been included in the city budget, the Council gave the purchase a green light.

The City has entered into an annual renewal agreement with the Minnesota Lottery. Silver Bay receives approximately $50,000 a year in revenue that comes from the lottery, according to Mayor Wade LeBlanc.

Silver Bay Public Library staff will receive some training through the Blandin Foundation. Blandin awarded a $100,000 grant for expansion and renovation of the city’s library. The Blandin Foundation works to help build resilient, resourceful rural communities in Minnesota. The Foundation “stands with communities as they design and claim their futures”. Library staff will be part of a rural place-making cohort that will include building relationships among rural leaders as they work to advance their communities.

Finally, a special meeting for the review and approval of the Boathouse Bay development is planned for September 19th at 1:00. The special meeting may be shifted to the regular City Council meeting that is scheduled for September 18th. Residents who are interested in attending this meeting should stay informed about this possible change in scheduling.

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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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