Silver Bay City Council: Bids awarded for golf course bridge
By: Tom Olsen, Lake County News Chronicle
Replacement of the flood damaged bridge at the Silver Bay Golf Course should be complete this summer, City Administrator Linda Fralich told the Silver Bay City Council Monday night.
The council unanimously approved bids for the design and construction of the Beaver River bridge at Hole 4. LHB Inc. of Duluth is handling architectural aspects, while Contech Engineers will handle construction.
It should take roughly eight to 10 weeks for construction, Fralich said. Final costs are expected to stay well within the $150,000 insurance cap, meaning that the city will not incur any costs for the bridge replacement.
The 70-foot long, 12-foot wide bridge, one of three on the course, was damaged during last June’s flood when a tree was swept down the river and slammed into the bridge.
Even without the bridge, the golf season is already underway at the nine-hole municipal course.
The council also approved training for the municipal liquor store manager at a convention in Alexandria, Minn. The training will cost the city $379, plus travel and accommodation expenses.
Councilor Dave Gustafson cast the sole dissenting vote. He complained that the trip was “extravagant” and that the manager’s absence from the store would cost the city money.
In other business Monday night, the council approved seasonal part-time employment positions. All positions are effective May 7, but most will be filled by students when the school year ends in June.
The meeting adjourned with a special tribute to Lee Roy Jacobsen, a longtime Silver Bay resident who died in an excavator accident last week. Jacobsen, 58, was employed as a city firefighter from 1988 to 2004.
“To be older and have a great amount of people come to pay their respects is an honor,” Mayor Joanne Johnson said. “But to be as young as this gentleman and have that many people care, he was very blessed. And we were blessed to have him.”