Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Changing and rearranging

Carlton County considers big changes


“Discussions have been held with the Cloquet City Council to purchase the present Cloquet City Hall for county office space,” explained County Coordinator Dennis Genereau at the July 10 Regular Carlton County Board of Commissioners meeting. “That building, built in 1991, can be bought by Carlton County for a proposed $600,000 with details to be worked out.”

He continued, “The present Carlton County Courthouse is crowded and more room is needed for court administration and a third judge is being considered here. The Cloquet City Hall would help alleviate space needs and will not need a major building proposal. Plans are to have Cloquet government make a new home at the present Members Co-op building with an addition for the Police Department. Members plans on constructing a new building in a different location.”

“The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, Restorative Justice, the County Coordinator’s office, and the Minnesota Extension Program will be located at present Cloquet City Hall,” he said. “This will take a while to unfold because the Members Co-op has to build a new home first. We need to make a commitment shortly to make this work. Little interior work is needed to move into this County space.”

“In Carlton, the probation department will move to the building next to the Post Office and Economic Development will move into their old offices,” Genereau reported. “This plan of action is recommended because with little cost more office space is realized to solve our crowding without the need to issue bonds.”

In other county building news, an architectural firm Baily/Kadelbach/Langley has been recommended to buy the Shaw Building, the present home of the Carlton County Historical Society. The firm is committed to fix the Shaw Building’s structural flaws and have secured the funding to do it. Job creation will be immediate and the building will be added to the tax base for taxes payable in 2020.

Moving the Carlton County Historical Society and the time frame for doing it was discussed. Ed Kavanaugh, president of the Historical Society commented, “We need time to preserve our collection during the move and provide an income stream for this year. We would be satisfied with a temporary solution.”

Commissioner Dick Brenner explained, “Potlatch Corporation owns the old, remodeled Cloquet City Hall located north of the old paper company offices and next to USG. Most of the building is empty. At the very least, a temporary space for the Historical Society can be found there.”

He went on to say, “Some of the commissioners are interested in talks with the Moose Lake Area Historical Society to find a long term solution. It seems unrealistic that Carlton County should have two active historical societies. Talks will be set up shortly by the county coordinator between the two entities to see what is possible.”

Kavanaugh responded, “We agree that all options should be looked at and we are open to studying that.”

Brenner said he and Commissioner Gary Peterson will be involved with those discussions.


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