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Rowlee reappointed as Silver Bay fire administrator

Silver Bay Fire Department Chief Mike Rowlee was reappointed as the city's fire administrator during the City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The part-time fire administrator position with the city is separate from Rowlee's duties as chief of the city's volunteer fire department and oversees the non-emergency aspects of the city's fire department.

As the fire administrator, Rowlee oversees non-operational aspects of the department and writing grants. He also acts as the city's fire marshal, who investigates fires and enforces fire codes.

Rowlee receives a stipend in his role as department chief, but the city is required to employ a fire administrator. Typically, Rowlee spends about 10 hours a week in the fire administrator role.

The action item has been on the agenda for several weeks, but the full council has not been in attendance at the last two meetings. Councilors Shane Hoff, Dustin Goutermont and Richard DeRosier are all members of the fire department, so any action concerning the department requires a unanimous decision of the full five-member council.

DeRosier named acting mayor

Also at the meeting, Councilor Richard DeRosier was again appointed acting mayor for Silver Bay. DeRosier will preside over City Council meetings and act as mayor of Silver Bay when Mayor Scott Johnson is unable to attend meetings or events.

The council also approved the board commission and committee assignments. Assignments included: Hoff serving on the Parks and Recreation Board; Johnson and DeRosier remained on the Planning and Zoning Commission; and Councilor Carlene Perfetto and Goutermont will serve on the Liquor Commission.

Utilities Department receives award

For the second consecutive year, Silver Bay's Public Utilities Department received a water fluoridation quality award from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health announced. City Administrator Lana Fralich informed the City Council about the award during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes communities achieving excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2016.

In 2016, 104 of 603 public water systems fluoridating water supplies in Minnesota received the award.