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Silver Bay council thanks Bay Days Committee

Ken Vogel

At its July 21 meeting, the Silver Bay City Council thanked everyone that took part in making the 2014 Bay Days Celebration a success.

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“I was just amazed how well everything went,” said mayor Joanne Johnson.

Discussion on the topic included special thanks to the parks and recreation and public works departments along with everyone behind the scenes that made the celebration possible.

City Administrator Lana Fralich informed the council of an invitation from the Lake Bank offering the council and City Administrator to join them on the tour vessel Wenonah for a sightseeing tour on July 28.

The council was also notified of a $1000 donation to the Silver Bay Library from the Wilderness Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

The council approved a request for application of a building permit to the Silver Bay Golf Course for the construction of a gazebo.

With the contract between the city and interim Silver Bay police chief Aaron Johnson expiring on July 21, the council approved an extension of the contract to August 4. Fralich explained the extension would change the rate of pay from that of the interim chief to that of regular a part-time officer, and would cover the period until the new chief of police can be administered the oath of office.

The council approved a Teamsters Memorandum of Understanding regarding full-time police officers. The memorandum states that full-time officers will be scheduled four twelve-hour shifts per week. They will then have the first right of refusal for any remaining open shifts. Part-time officers would then be offered remaining open shifts. In the event there are any open shifts that cannot be covered, the city would be authorized to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement coverage.

The council approved the closure of city offices for approximately three hours on August 26 or 27 during lunchtime. The closure would be to utilize a grant from the Northeast Service Cooperative. The NESC grant is to be used for a wellness program to promote healthy lifestyles. Fralich said plans are being made for a short voyage on the Wenonah including a guest speaker.