CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Dayton backs clean energy
By Don Davis and Danielle Killey
Gov. Mark Dayton said Minnesota should move toward cleaner energy and set a goal to eliminate power use from coal-fired plants, he told hundreds gathered at the Capito... Posted on 4/22/13 at 5:56 PM
For any county resident or business person hoping to access a zero interest loan for rehabilitation of their commercial, residential or rental property, the bad news is that Carlton County’s share of the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant funding has maxed out.
In good times, public service is all-consuming and difficult. In tough times, it’s that times 10. Cloquet Schools Superintendent Ken Scarbrough took a few moments to thank the school board members for their service at Monday’s meeting in honor of “School Board Recognition Week.”
Last week’s icy roads delayed the Cloquet School Board’s regular meeting to Tuesday this week, and it also allowed time for some rays of good news to enter the bleak financial spreadsheets of the district.
Even in the midst of tough economic times, new development appears to be on the horizon around Carlton County. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Carlton County Board, commissioners approved two economic development loans that will help support new business and development projects in both Scanlon and Cloquet.
The dream is beginning to take shape.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Carlton County Board, commissioners got their first official look at the schematic design for the proposed new health and human services building, now referred to as the Carlton County Community Services Center, to be located adjacent to the city hall building in downtown Cloquet.
Commissioner Dick Brenner was elected 2009 chairman of the Carlton County Board at its annual session on Tuesday. Brenner has served on the board for 16 years, representing District 1 in the area west of Cloquet.
Members of the Carlton County Board unanimously approved locations for both a proposed Health and Human Services building as well as a new Government Center to house the county’s land records departments.
Carlton County Commissioners unanimously – though reluctantly – approved an 8.38 percent increase in the proposed 2009 property tax levy on Tuesday.
By law the county must approve a proposed 2009 budget and property tax levy by Sept. 15, though commissioners have until mid-December to alter one or both of them.
Twenty-nine property owners in Carlton County have been notified they have been awarded some $580,000 in Small Cities Development Grant funding, according to Pat Oman, Carlton County economic development director.
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