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Ken Vogel

Beaver Bay

On Feb. 4, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency housing director, Scott Zahorik presented information to the Beaver Bay City City Council regarding the Department of Employment and Economic Development Small Cities Development Grant Program. According to Zahorik the program is designed to provide assistance to make improvements to qualifying owner-occupied homes in Beaver Bay. Zahorik said qualifying homeowners must have an income 80% or below the northeast Minnesota annual median income of $45,000 to qualify for assistance.

“The assistance would be in the form of deferred loans to the homeowner,” explained Zahorik. The program would allow the homeowner to apply for the funds, which, if granted, would result a lien on the property for a period of 10 years. Zahorik said that if the homeowner is still residing in the home after 10 years the loan is forgiven. If the house is sold prior to the 10 year period the loan amount will be reduced by 10 percent per year of residence.

The council passed resolution 2014-1004 making way for the DEED grant program to move forward. Residents of Beaver Bay will receive notification by mail of the application process sometime this spring as the project develops.

Silver Bay

On Feb. 3 the Silver Bay City Council announced that it will be hosting the Lake County Board Committee of the Whole on April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers. The public is invited to attend.

The council also approved funding for a delegation of councilors and city officials to travel to St. Paul for the Day at The Capital event in March. Delegates will meet with law makers and discuss future legislation relevant to North Shore communities.

The City of Silver Bay issued a letter of support to the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway Council for its efforts to secure funding for improvements to the Skibo Vista Scenic Overlook. The overlook offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Laurentian Divide and attracts many annual visitors. Silver Bay is one of the cities on the scenic byway, which is also known as Forest Road 11.

Silver Bay police officer, Chad Streiff, was recognized by the council after a resident expressed appreciation for his assistance with a civil matter. Hansa Hirani contacted city administrator Lana Fralich to say that she was pleased that the officer, who was off duty at the time, cared enough to help her resolve a problem on his own time.

“It was a civil matter so I knew I couldn’t do much, but I just wanted to help her,” said Streiff.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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