Silver Bay Council says goodbye to Mayor Johnson and hello to...Mayor Johnson.
Mayor Scott Johnson presided over his last city council meeting in Silver Bay Monday night. At the end of the formal meeting and before chocolate sundaes were offered to those in attendance, Johnson took a moment to say a few words about his 25-years of service to the community.
"I think overall I've been a part of a process that has left the city in a better place than when I started," he said, acknowledging the current council, those who have proven themselves during recent budget challenges, and those who have offered him encouragement over the course of his tenure.
Turning to Joanne Johnson, his successor, Scott Johnson concluded his remarks by saying, "God Bless Joanne in her new endeavor."
Regular council business included motions to approve cigarette and beer license renewals, the 2013 calendar of council meeting dates and holidays, home use occupation permit renewals and a permit for a home use occupation permit for a new business in Silver Bay. Mike Johnson will operate a small engine repair shop. (If you're counting, that's three people named Johnson in a room of 10 people--it could only happen in Minnesota.) All motions were passed.
Mike Rowlee will take over as Silver Bay Fire Chief effective Jan. 1, when John Fredrickson steps down after over 24 years in the position and 33 years with the Department. The council approved Rowlee's contract and compensation for duties over and above those he performs as a firefighter. There will be no increase in cost to the City over Fredrickson's contract, said Lana Fralich, City Administrator.
Finally joining the ranks of police departments across Minnesota , the Silver Bay Police Department will soon have computers in its squad vehicles,. The computers will allow officers to access information from a statewide system over the internet. During traffic stops, for example, officers will be able to determine if a driver has an outstanding warrant, said Fralich, adding that the police department is enthusiastic about the addition of this resource. She said that Silver Bay will receive reimbursement from Lake County for the purchase of the computers.
Councilor Perfetto questioned whether officers could safely drive while using a computer in a vehicle. She noted that "they can get the same information from dispatch." In the end, however, the motion to approve the purchase of the computers and pay access fees for the state's information systems was passed.
The city's marina, slow to become profitable since its construction, will receive a boost from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The council passed a resolution to amend the existing cooperative agreement with the DNR which will include training for the marina's manager and financial support to cover the cost of operation for the next two years, said Fralich.
Fralich concluded the meeting with a list of the city's accomplishments in 2012, some of which include the circulation of over 46,000 items and several technology upgrades at the library, the 35th annual lighting of the city Christmas tree, a special thank you to Fire Chief, John Fredrickson and Mayor Scott Johnson, as well as thanks to city employees for their dedication and hard work.