It's been a slow process since the initial land offer. In the three years since then, the Jarden company changed hands twice and Jarden's Cloquet plant is now closed. Still, Schroeder said, the end is in sight. Attorneys for both sides are nearly done finalizing the deal, and CAFD officials started meeting with the design team — LHB Duluth and Five Bugles Design, an architectural firm specializing in fire stations — in mid-September.
p>Carlton's financial consultant, Ehlers and Associates, looked into the property tax impact of consolidating with Cloquet; the results of that study were presented to board members earlier this month. In part, the study determined that if the existing debt were shared between the residents of the two districts, Cloquet school district property owners would see a decrease in school district taxes, and Carlton school district property owners would see an increase. On a $100,000 home, with combined debt, the bill would decrease from $518 to $464 in Cloquet, while it would increase from $280 to $464 in Carlton. <
> SKB Environmental Cloquet Landfill had requested two changes to its conditional use permit, or CUP: longer hours seven days a week and the ability to landfill an unlimited amount of paper sludge, rather than the current 20 percent cap. The changes were opposed by most neighbors and some other residents, many of whom filled the Council Chambers along with close to half a dozen SKB staff and their attorney.
However, there's been a hiccup with the fall production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical," because of some concerns with the popular musical's more adult content and themes.
"Rather than staying after school, it's better to resolve it on the spot and look at it with everyone," he said. "We're gonna look at it as adults and figure it out. It's still an accountable way to get it done. Rather than someone getting detention and they get off scot-free."
She was watching the first week of school when the crossing guard didn't show up near her home on 22nd Street, and when a parent missed the entrance to the middle school and decided to do a U-turn, but couldn't complete it and caused a traffic jam. Impatient drivers pass on the right without looking for pedestrians, and cars speed well over the new 20 mph speed limit.
"I've never heard so much nonsense in my life," said Lamirande when Mayor Dave Hallback — a retired police officer who served with and under Lamirande — solicited his opinion from the audience.
Carlton and Wrenshall school districts have also discussed consolidation in the past, and two rounds of talks between the school boards failed over the past two years. Many residents of the small school districts are still pushing for consolidation, and some Carlton residents had suggested looking at Cloquet. <
> Specifically, the industrial landfill is requesting longer hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, and removal of the 20 percent cap on the total allowed volume of paper sludge waste, predominantly generated by the Duluth Verso paper mill. The 59-acre industrial landfill is located in a large pit near the Hilltop Park soccer fields and across the street from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Find out more about that when Jollymore — a 1966 Cloquet High School grad — appears at Bergquist's Gift Shop in Cloquet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, when the award-winning author will talk about the inspiration for his stories and poems.