Silver Bay wants boulevard, main fixA reconstruction of Banks Boulevard was brought up at the Silver Bay City Council meeting Monday.
A reconstruction of Banks Boulevard was brought up at the Silver Bay City Council meeting Monday.
Among ideas thrown around are replacing the entire high pressure main that runs along the street and fixing the road while putting sidewalks in along with other amenities.
“It’s getting old and needs maintenance,” said Lana Fralich, city administrator, about the water main. A break last month closed William Kelley schools.
“It would be a nice project, but the problem is finding the money for it,” said Al Goodman, Lake County’s highway engineer. Banks Boulevard is a state-aid highway. Goodman said he sees it as a multiyear project that could be similar to the one done in Two Harbors for Waterfront Drive.
Fralich said the idea is in its infancy and the funding remains a question. Options include grants, federal funding, funds from the Army Corps of Engineers and housing agency money. “It would tie in with an assisted living facility,” Fralich said.
In January, the council accepted a grant agreement from Iron Range Resources for $350,000 that would go toward helping with the infrastructure of a new assisted living facility. Spectrum Health Companies is looking at a site near the old Bell Circle Apartments on Banks. Construction could begin in the spring.
Residents of Silver Bay have already contacted the city about living in the facility but applications aren’t available. A list may be created and notice sent out when applications are available. The facility could create at least seven full-time jobs. Spectrum has facilities in Duluth, Virginia and Ely.
The council approved a temporary use easement for Spectrum so it can do site and soil testing for the project.
A meeting on fixing Banks will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at city hall.
Fralich said the Silver Bay Library needs to be more handicapped accessible to meet the needs of users and it also needs more space. The council is looking at capital improvement funding.
Fralich also mentioned an idea to one day connect city hall with the library and fire and police departments to create one building. “The city continues to look at the future to meet the needs of all the different departments,” Fra-lich said.