The Silver Bay City Council issued a “Year in Review” report at the last City Council meeting of 2019 on Dec. 16. The “Year in Review” report covered several highlights from the various city departments over the past year:

  • Black Beach Campground began construction with a groundbreaking on April 15.

  • City Hall roof, heating, ventilation and air conditioning repairs; Public Works roof and wall repair; and the liquor store roof have almost been completed.

  • The water looping project was completed so there is now a secondary source of water for residents and the business park.

  • The sanitary sewer main project is almost completed which repaired two sewer bridges and replaced the main sanitary sewer line for all of the city.

  • Unseasonal weather in the fall challenged some projects getting completed.

  • Two hundred trees were planted throughout the city as part of the Outer Drive Beautification Project. Wayfinding signs and decorative lighting will be completed in 2020 to complete the project.

  • Said goodbye to police chief Doug Frericks and welcomed new chief Scott Kochendorfer to the community.

  • Said goodbye to parks and rec director Mike Guzzo and welcomed new director Bryan Carpenter.

  • The Police Department hosted an ATV safety class, snowmobile safety class, participated in the AmericInn Halloween event passing out candy to about 300 kids and did the third annual “Shop with a Hero” in partnership with the Fire Department and local businesses to help local families in need.

  • As of the end of November 2019, the Public Library had over 31,000 circulations, held over 113 programs with 1,068 people attending and had an estimated 21,000 visitors so far. Over 5,200 Silver Bay items have been sent out and nearly 7,000 items have been inter-library loaned thus far.

  • The Friends of the Library celebrated their 20th anniversary book club; hosted 12 programs in 2019 and 10 years of the Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library, paying over $16,600 for books to be mailed to children from birth to 5 years old in the area.

  • City started accepting online payments for utility bills.

  • The Marina celebrated its 20 year anniversary and expanded their winter storage, replaced dock boxes and some other repairs,

  • The North Shore Adventure Park reopened to the community with a new ropes course and zipline attractions.