The first city council meeting of the year is filled with a lot of routine business, appointments to various committees and committees for council members and citizens. The council also selects who serves as acting mayor when Mayor Jay DeCoux is unavailable. On January 12, the city council met and elected Councilman Craig Schulte as acting mayor.
The city has filled some vacancies on city committees. Bob Nesheim agreed to continue serving on the Grand Marais Park board, and Matthew Brown joined that board. The Grand Marais Library board is full.
However, representatives from the Grand Marais Planning Commission and the Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission are still needed. For information on serving on the boards, contact Grand Marais City Hall at 218-387-1848.
With the annual administrative duties completed, there was extensive discussion of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) application for an ordinance amendment to permit residential use-related to a business on the Cedar Grove Business Park properties. This was approved by the Grand Marais Planning Commission, but the city postponed its decision. Council members wanted to learn more about how mixing homes and businesses would work.
On other matters, the council agreed to hire Alyssa Morinville as an administrative assistant. The council also approved the appointment of Shawn Smith to the Grand Marais Fire Department.
At the end of the meeting, Mayor DeCoux introduced the idea of declaring a “climate change emergency.” He explained that there are a number of communities that are feeling the effects of climate change with drought, risk of fire and alternatively flooding. DeCoux said some community members had brought it to his attention and it could make a presentation at a future council meeting.