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Shopping for wind turbines and bridges commences in Silver Bay

The City of Silver Bay met Monday night and made quick work of its agenda. In less than fifteen minutes the council members had approved the minutes of the last meeting, paid the bills, made all necessary decisions and were back in their cars headed home. All councilors, Mayor Joanne Johnson, City Administrator Lana Fralich and City Attorney Pete Morris were present for the meeting.

City employees in Silver Bay, Beaver Bay and those who work at the Silver Bay Veterans Home will be receiving A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction training later this month. The AWAIR training, developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration became mandatory for many businesses and entities in 1991.

Silver Bay's July 4 fireworks will again be provided by J&M Displays of Iowa. The City has its budget for the purchase of fireworks, but it reminds local businesses and residents that donations to the fund are welcome. Call Silver Bay City Hall at 226-4408 for more information.

The council authorized City Administrator Lana Fralich to seek quotes from manufacturers for the city's wind turbine. The original budget for the plan is between $130-140,000, but grants have been sought through Minnesota Power's Conservation Improvement Program Funding for community wind power projects. The CIP funding will provide a maximum of $20,000 for an approved wind energy project. Additionally, grant funding has been sought from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, an organization that supports economic development, education, arts and culture, environmental, and social welfare programs in North Shore communities.

Last spring the floods destroyed the bridge spanning the Beaver River at the Silver Bay Golf Course. A new bridge will replace the old one and Monday night the council gave permission to start the process of seeking quotes for the manufacture of the 70-foot long, 12 foot wide bridge. The total cost of the bridge, installation, engineering and geotechnical work is unknown to date, however, according to Fralich, the cost of the project is expected to come in below the insurance cap of $150,000.