Northshore Mining makes contributions to Silver Bay and Beaver Bay projectsAs part of an effort to make good on recent air quality violations, Northshore Mining has donated $20,000 to the cities of Silver Bay and Beaver Bay.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
As part of an effort to make good on recent air quality violations, Northshore Mining has donated $20,000 to the cities of Silver Bay and Beaver Bay.
The contributions will be used to relocate the Mary MacDonald ball field in Silver Bay and to assist a community group with beautification efforts in Beaver Bay.
“We strongly support the merits of these projects because they will improve the common areas that we all see and use in our daily lives,” Northshore Mining General Manager Jim Korpi said.
Each city has been presented with $10,000 contributions for the following projects:
l Ball field relocation, Silver Bay: Since the Mary MacDonald School was converted to a business center with a loading dock which has increased commercial vehicle traffic, the city recognized the need to make changes to the existing ball field and playground area. The goal of the project, which is part of a five year plan, is to create safer access to the playground and recreational ball field for those who visit the park. “The City of Silver Bay is delighted and appreciative for this donation as it will allow us to begin the project this summer,” said Lana Fralich, city administrator, Silver Bay.
l Beaver Bay beautification: Improvements will be made to the exterior of the fire house which is situated in a visible location for travelers on highway 61. There are also plans to install signage to entice visitors to stop and learn more about the historical significance of the city.
“I would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the donation to the city of Beaver Bay,” Beaver Bay City Administrator John McCurtain said. “I am confident that the Beautification Committee (made up of community members and business leaders) will find an excellent application for the generous donation.”
The contributions are part of Northshore’s community response to recent ambient air quality concerns that have been addressed at the Silver Bay taconite facility.
“We regret any impact our operation may have had on our neighbors, and hope this contribution signifies Northshore’s commitment not only to the longevity of these cities, but also to the relationship we have with our surrounding communities,” Korpi said.