County reluctant to provide gravel
Carlton County commissioner Marv Bodie made a motion which was successful to table consideration of a city of Moose Lake request to provide a gravel source for 700 yards of pit run for site work of a pavilion next to the Farmers' Market and hockey arena. "We could be on the hook for a lot of other requests down the line if we go for this one," Bodie commented.
The pavilion has been planned for some time. The flash flood of 2012 postponed work. No slab is being installed in the open structure.
The board accepted and ordered the work to proceed for repair and maintenance on the Soo Line trestles in Moose Lake over CSAH 61 and the Moose Horn River. Carlton County received bonding dollars from the 2010 Legislature for the project funneled through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The bonding dollars are a 50-50 match up to $55,000. The Carlton County bridge inspector has noted that the repairs to the approaches and abutments need to be made to ensure the safety of the trestles and underpassing traffic.
The guidelines for operating a community economic development authority requires a public hearing every five years to encourage public input as the county moves to continue another five years of operation of the authority. No one attended the public hearing. The Carlton County Economic Development Authority (EDA) continues with a new director to be chosen in the near future.
The Carlton School District operates a message board in the city of Carlton at the junction of Highways 210 and 45. While it is owned and operated by the school district, it is used to advertise and announce school and community events. Cost for the replacement of the message board is $4,000 which is a demonstration unit from Lakehead Sign Company of Cloquet — $540 additional is needed for labor installation. The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved $1,000 of EDA money for the project.
Western Lake Superior Sanitation District (WLSSD) has notified the county of an increase in fees charged effective July 1. The increase is based on the Consumer Price Index and will increase by 2.33 percent of the new gate fees at the transfer station.
The Carlton County Land Department has a seed orchard in the Gilogly Road vicinity of Twin Lakes Township. Earlier funding had established a stand of native hemlock and native red pine trees — $25,000 has been granted to fence the orchard. At one time they were prominent in the county. One of the few places now in our area where you can experience native hemlock trees is in Jay Cooke State Park. Another $32,000 has been awarded by the DNR as a Legacy grant for a cooperative brushing project with Fond du Lac Tribe and St. Louis County on the Stoney Brook Brushland Complex north of Cloquet.
The board approved the exchange of easements with Jerry Tollefson in Section 22 of Kalevala Township north of the Konsti Road and south of the old Edwin Oja property. The exchange of easements provides both the county and Tollefson access to "landlocked" properties. Minnesota statute provides such agreements when it is deemed to the advantage of the public interest. This now provides access to manage county tax-forfeit lands for timber use.
Enbridge Pipeline gave notice that they will not build a totally new line to pump heavy crude oil to Superior, Wisconsin. Pumping stations along the present line will be upgraded and modernized. The capacity of the line will increase from 570,000 barrels per day to 800,000 barrels a day.
The results of the June 6 timber auction saw prices paid by local loggers in line with Land Department expectations. All sales were sold close to their appraised price.