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Silver Bay City Councilor Steve Marolt resigns

Ken Vogel

On July 7, the Silver Bay City Council accepted the resignation of councilor Steve Marolt, effective July 31. The letter of resignation cited his change in residence, which prohibits him from continuing to serve as a councilmember.

Because Marolt’s seat was an at-large seat open for election this November, the council decided to take no action to replace him at this time. The council and Mayor Joanne Johnson expressed their appreciation for his service and wished him well.

“It has been a pleasure having Steve serving the city,” Johnson said. “With his loss also goes the loss of incredible knowledge.”

Marolt said he enjoyed his service.

“I have been proud of the accomplishments we have made and I hope the city will continue to move in a positive direction,” Marolt said.

In other council news, the city welcomed United States Senator Amy Klobuchar on a tour of Silver Bays Victus Farm. According to City Administrator Lana Fralich, the senator was impressed with the operation. 

“She had many good things to say about the city’s efforts of sustainability energy and food production. The farm was immaculate and she was really impressed with the operation,” Johnson said.

The council approved filing dates for affidavit of candidacy for the offices of mayor and two at-large councilor seats, which will be on the ballot in this November’s elections. The open filing period will be from July 29 to Aug. 12, with filing due before 5 p.m.

The council accepted the resignation of Jordan Marquardt from the Public Utilities Commission. The council requested anyone that is interested in serving on the commission to notify the city.

The appointment of Judy Smith to the library board passed unanimously.

Resolution 2014-24 was adopted, authorizing the city administrator to enter into the grant application process to provide funding for the city’s park and recreation department to move forward with the “Jack and the Beanstalk” production.

The council unanimously adopted resolution 2014-25 dealing with storm water planning, ditching and drainage issues. According to Johnson, the resolution authorizes the city administrator to initiate grant applications from agencies like the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

“There are multiple grants available to aid the city with feasibility studies, planning and action plans,” she said.

Silver Bay City Attorney Gerald (Pete) Morris announced the merger of his practice with the Costley Law Firm of Two Harbors. Morris said he will continue to provide representation for the city and the merger will serve to improve services.