County okays $5,000 to consider attaching community center to ISD 166

The Cook County county board, which holds the 1 percent sales-
tax-funded project purse strings, voted at its special work session on 
April 17 to continue exploring initial concept ideas and cost 
estimates for attaching a Community Center facility to the west wing of the Cook County 
Schools complex.  They put a cap of $5,000 on this portion of the 
process, which will not involve retaining an architectural firm for 
any drawings or engineering.
The board also authorized the county attorney’s office to initiate 
discussions with the school on assuming ownership of the property as 
well as with the Duluth YMCA regarding the feasibility of the Y 
managing facility operations and programming.
The next Community Center Steering Committee meeting will be from 9 
a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 23 in the commissioners’ room of the 
courthouse.  These meetings are open to the public.