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New motion made for housing program increase

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 1:53pm

Nancy Grabko of Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS), the company that provides housing program services to the EDA sent a letter to the EDA board to clarify what she said was a “total misrepresentation of facts.” Grabko wrote, “It has been represented to the County Board that CFS is receiving $2,000 per month to answer the telephone at the EDA offices”
Grabko said that CFS currently receives $2,950 per month to provide housing administrative services. Of that, Grabko said, $2,000 is paid to Rehab Specialist Steve Grabko. CFS is also paid a mileage stipend of $261 per month. Grabko said the remainder goes toward her operating expenses—accounting services, taxes, training, etc. “As a result,” wrote Grabko, “I have been working for virtually little or no salary for the past 15 months. I take responsibility for that business decision. I am no longer able to continue personally subsidizing the EDA Housing Program.
Grabko noted that because of “increased EDA successes” regarding its housing program, she has no time for other clients, and explained that is why she sought an increase in her contract for housing administrative services.
Mike Littfin, EDA housing committee chair, said a motion made at last month’s EDA meeting was the “wrong way” to address the increase in the EDA housing budget. He said the “ill-advised” motion, which stated the increase was to “cover the EDA office in the absence of the director at a cost of $2,000 per month,” triggered the county board’s concerns.

PUC and public invited to biomass presentation

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 1:52pm

The possibility of a biomass-fueled heating plant for Grand Marais continues to move toward reality.  On September 11, 2012, the county board approved a request from the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) for the use of up to $355,000 of 1 percent recreation and infrastructure sales tax revenue for pursuit of a biomass heating facility in Grand Marais. 
Funding for a biomass plant was one of the projects identified in legislation approving the tax in 2009.
Representatives of two consulting groups will meet with the Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Wednesday, September 26 to talk about the potential of a biomass-fueled district heating plant in Grand Marais. 
The public is invited to this meeting, to be held in the Commissioners’ Room at the Cook County Courthouse at 7 p.m., and will have some opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

Senators introduce Great Lakes cleanup legislation

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 9:32am

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Senators from both parties are proposing legislation to continue Great Lakes cleanup efforts that include removing toxins from polluted harbors and fighting invasive species.

A measure introduced Thursday calls for carrying out a recently updated agreement with Canada to deal with some of the lakes' most pressing ecological problems. Some have been around for decades, such as excessive algae blooms. Among newer concerns are the effects of climate change.

The bill also would extend programs already under way, including the Obama administration's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has pumped more than $1 billion into projects across the region. Funding would need to be appropriated separately.

Senior Center fall tour to Lutsen Mountains

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:28pm

Another great Cook County Senior Center fall tour will take 
place Wednesday, September 26. Senior Center Assistant Director 
Kristen Anderson said, “You won’t find a better vantage point from 
which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior’s dramatic 
coastline than the Lutsen Mountains tram.”
This aerial tramway is one of the North Shore’s most popular 
attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, 
rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior. The gentle ride at treetop level 
is an experience not to be missed!
Ride the Mountain Tram, visit and take pictures and enjoy lunch at the 
chalet at the top of Moose Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors! 
The cost is just $29 per person which includes roundtrip 
transportation, tram ride, lunch (sandwich, soup or salad, dessert and 
beverage). The cost is just $29 per person.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming 
trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.

Flu shot clinic start Sept. 25

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:32am

Flu season is just around the corner, which means the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic has is fall flu clinic outreach program ready. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with clinic nurse Teresa Borak about shots on "Daybreak."

Here's the schedule:

Tues. Sept. 25     Sawtooth Mt. Clinic Lower Level     11:30 to 1:30

Wed. Sept. 25     Sawtooth Mt. Clinic Lower Level     4 to 6 p.m.

Mon. Oct 1          Sawtooth Mt. Clinic Lower Level     11:30 to 1:30 and
                                                                                            4 to 6 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 3        Moon Dance                                          8:30 to 10 a.m.
                            Birch Grove Clinic                                 Noon to 1 p.m.

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Commissioner Hakes reports on community center progress

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 9:47am

City and county progress on the community center. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Commissioner Sue Hakes about recent developments.

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