Silver Bay Council says thank you to John Fredrickson
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
The Silver Bay city council met Monday, May 20 as the wind and torrential rain battered the roof and windows. Fortunately, one of the first items on the agenda was news of a new business –involving a large boat -- coming to Silver Bay.
North Shore Scenic Cruises plans to offer daily sight-seeing tours along the shore from Split Rock to Shovel Point.
“We want to show people what we love about the North Shore,” said co-owner Jay Hanson, who is also a diver and has explored ship wrecks and the underwater world people seldom see. Technology will allow Hanson and the boat’s other two licensed captains to show recreations of those sights using computer graphics and animation. They are also exploring collaborations with the North Shore Scenic Railroad, local restaurants and performers to provide a variety of options for passengers –pizza cruises, blues cruises and full moon cruises were mentioned. The council was enthusiastic, including Mayor Joanne Johnson who had seen the business’ presentation prior to the council meeting.
“I was so excited…I just think we have one of the most magnificent wonders outside our door,” she said, referring to the Big Lake, “I always say ‘build it and they will come.’” City Administrator Lana Fralich was also onboard with the idea.
“I think this is good for us and it’s exciting,” she added.
Rates have tentatively been set at $25 for adults and teens and $18 for children 12 and under, for a 2 ½ hour tour. Special rates have been set for seniors and military veterans. Active military and children under 3 ride free of charge.
The city will begin seeking grant funding to build a commercial dock, since the cruise boat is now in the marina’s safe harbor.
The council voted unanimously to permit North Shore Scenic Cruises to dock at the city’s marina at a reduced rate for its first four years of operation.
Due to the recent death of Don Warner, the city will begin seeking another contractor to harvest the hay at the Silver Bay airport. No money was exchanged between the city and Warner, but Warner was permitted to keep the proceeds from the sale of the hay. A similar arrangement will be sought with someone new.
A wide range of surplus items will be re-offered for bid to the public. The council voted to lower the minimum bid to encourage bidding. Items include:
Snowblower minimum bid $25,000
1976 GMC Tanker…minimum bid $1000
94 F-150 pick-up truck…minimum bid $500
Fire Department surplus starting at $1
The city council adopted a resolution to spend $3265 to pay a contractor to complete a painting project at the water treatment plant, a task that was to have been undertaken by city employees due to an excessively high original bid presented by the contractor. A lower bid was recently presented for the city’s consideration. The money has not been budgeted, but will come out of enterprise funds. In the long run, Fralich said that the contract price would be less than the cost (in time and money) of having city employees do the job.
Finally, Councilor Steve Marolt closed the meeting with an acknowledgment of the passing of John Fredrickson. Marolt called Fredrickson a great member of our community, a community leader, and a friend. Fredrickson had been on the SBFD for 34 years, serving as its chief for 24 years. He was also a city councilor and business owner, among many other roles, including father, husband, brother and son.
Marolt, who wore the white uniform shirt of the Silver Bay Fire Department to honor Fredrickson, as did Councilor Dustin Gutermont, said that Fredrickson served the community well and would be greatly missed.
“He fought a valiant fight,” said Councilor Carlene Perfetto.
“I make a motion,” said Marolt, steadying his voice, “that we adjourn with all the thanks we can possibly give him.” The motion passed unanimously.