At last week’s Bovey City Council meeting, all members were present when Historical Society Director Lilah Crowe was on hand to speak about the famous picture Grace. Crowe said this year the picture will be 100 years old and expressed the need to celebrate the anniversary. She provided some history of the picture saying that the old man in the picture was a peddler named Charles Wright and later, Wright sold the rights to the photograph to Erik Enstrom for a sum of five dollars.
Bovey Planning and Zoning Official Mike Foss reported from the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board meeting describing various resolutions passed by the board. The WMMPB has resolved to:
• Take steps to initiate or improve broadband on the West Range.
• Request that the State Legislature would vote to extend the deadline of state funding for the Hill Annex Mine State Park in Calumet.
• Lobby the state to complete the planning and legal logistics associated with the completion of the last nine miles of two lane highway from Taconite to Pengilly, so it will be ready for construction when the funds become available.
• Ask legislators to amend state law to provide compensation for owners of real estate affected by State Conservation Easements.
• Request the State of Minnesota for help with the problem of flooding in the Canisteo and Hill Annex systems of abandoned mine pits that endanger the Cities of Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, Marble and Calumet.
NanciLyn Myer-Nail gave council members an update on Beautiful Bovey saying that plants for 2nd Street have been ordered and bigger pots will be used this year. Myer-Nail said they want to purchase an estimated $500 worth of hardware that will be used to mount the memorial plaques on the street light poles in Bovey. In a related matter, Councilor Bryan Johnson said he would donate $200 for the hardware.
A resident voiced her concern for the community by standing in opposition to the proposed Dollar General store. The resident made a reference to the corporate mentality of using their vast resources to undercut and eventually kill-off the mom and pop businesses in town. Councilors agreed to hold a public forum before they take action on the store.
Also, an unidentified gentleman praised the Public Works Department for their skill and dedication related to snow plowing and removal for this year.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to allow the purchase of a new pipe locator for $755.
• Considered the joint purchase of Coleraine’s new $31,000 bucket truck to have the right to use the truck.
• Voted to not waive monetary limits on tort liability.
• Agreed to support the WMMPB on the Highway 169 four lane project.
• Voted to hire Officer O’Toole.
• Tabled any action on a fence for the recycling depot.
• Considered buying a maintenance contract for the end loader.
• Passed a resolution to determine ownership of the pipe casing under Highway 169.