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Scanlon residents should give input on merger study

This letter is to reach out and provide my neighbors in Scanlon with information regarding recent conversations at our city council meetings. As you may know, there is an interest by our current mayor, Marshall Johnson, to spend unbudgeted city d...

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This letter is to reach out and provide my neighbors in Scanlon with information regarding recent conversations at our city council meetings.

As you may know, there is an interest by our current mayor, Marshall Johnson, to spend unbudgeted city dollars on a study to weigh the benefits of a merge with the city of Cloquet.

These funds, totaling $5,500, [could] come from our investment deposits, which have been set aside to ensure the funding of our city in the event we lose any state funding. In the event the Cloquet City Council votes to proceed with this study, they would also contribute a matching $5,500.

At the last city council meeting in June, a council member offered to pay for a mailed survey to the citizens of Scanlon to inform them of this conversation and to request feedback so they, as a council, knew where the citizens stood on this issue before spending unbudgeted city dollars. This proposal was voted down by the mayor and two other council members.

With this letter, I am looking to express concern of spending city dollars which have not been budgeted for this purpose. In addition, I would ask the citizens of Scanlon to reach out to our council members, as well as our mayor, to let them know of where you stand - first, on pushing a study through this year with unbudgeted dollars, and second, if you have any interest in merging with Cloquet in the future.

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The next council meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. July 8 at the Scanlon Community Center and the proposal for the study may be voted on at that time.

I hope to see Scanlon residents there with your thoughts and input.

 

Hillary Hedin

Scanlon

Editor’s Note: When the Pine Journal called to clarify the facts in the above letter, Scanlon Mayor Marshal Johnson said the merger study is a standing agenda item that the council may or may not discuss at its next meeting. As of July 1, he was unaware that any motion regarding the study is set for the next council meeting but added that he encourages people to attend meetings and share their thoughts and feelings during the public comment of the meeting.

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