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By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Carlton County Board sells Shaw Building for $1

 

November 22, 2018



After months of discussion over funding for the Carlton County Historical Society and a permanent home for the organization’s archives and programming, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners decided to sell the Shaw Building to the Society for $1. Action was taken at the Regular Session of the Carlton Board on November 13 after an early morning Building Committee meeting that same day came with a recommendation to sell the Shaw Building.

The Building Committee minutes of that November 13 meeting stated:

“Ed Kavanaugh. President of the Carlton County Historical Society, presented a Request for Proposal. The Historical Society’s main concern is a lack of funding for operating expenses. If the building were to be on the county tax rolls, it would bring in roughly $10,000 yearly. The Historical Society’s main goal is to be independent and sustain themselves. Their annual revenues (editor notes ‘from the County Budget’) total about $40,000. They would take a reduction of roughly $10,000 in their annual funding request. They would continue to need funding as they are a non-profit.”

The minutes went on to state: "Chair Genereau requested that financial numbers be associated with maintenance items in the RFP. Discussion was held on the Moose Lake Area Historical Society and their annual County funding. As long as County funding continues to be transferred to the Moose Lake Area Historical Society through the Carlton County Historical Society, the County Board would agree to future funding.”

Commissioner Gary Peterson said in a phone conversation, “I wanted to make sure the Moose Lake Area Historical group effort was continued to be supported by the county board. I supported the sale of the Shaw Building after it was clear that a reduction of funding for the Carlton County Historical Society would cover lost property taxes from an architectural firm buying the building.”

The minutes of the Building Committee noted a majority of the committee approved recommending the sale of the Shaw Building with the Vice Chair who is also the Economic Development Director Connie Christenson one of the group voting nay. The county board unanimously approved the sale.

In other news the County Transfer Station will soon be taking credit cards for a point of sale transaction. The county board approved entering into a Merchant processing agreement with EVO Payments International.

Board action set a hearing on December 11 at 4 p.m. at the Transportation Building for public input before accepting a proposed Carlton County Buffer Ordinance No. 34. The ordinance in its entirety can be viewed on the Carlton County Website.

Goodwill Industries will continue to recycle used mattresses with Waste Management providing the transportation.

The county board, after approval by the Planning Commission, approved the permit for James Sheets (Historic Scott House LLC), amending a Conditional Use Permit to continue to operate an outdoor event venue in Twin Lakes Township.

After a hiatus the county board approved a half time Child Mental Health Worker for the Barnum Schools primarily in the upper grades. The county cost will be $39,194 with Barnum covering $23,932.

 

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