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Public Hearing Minutes June 7, 2022 City Hall, Council Chambers

Public Hearing Minutes
June 7, 2022
City Hall, Council Chambers

Call To Order:
Mayor Skraba called the public hearing to order at 5:15pm in the Council Chambers at Ely City Hall.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Omerza, Callen, Campbell and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: Council Member Debeltz

Purpose:
Ely City Council will hold a public hearing regarding Ordinance 356 2nd Series, regarding the consideration to rezone for the following addresses: 233 East Chapman St., 243 East Chapman St. & 247 East Chapman St.

These properties are currently located in a Residential 2 (R2) zone and will be rezoned to Residential Transitional (RT).

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Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers June 7, 2022 – Minutes

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers
June 7, 2022 – Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:
The regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers.
PRESENT: Council Members A.Forsman, Kess, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: Council Member Debeltz

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Campbell/Callen moved to approve minutes from the May 17, 2022 Regular Council Meeting and May 31, 2022 Study Session. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with Debeltz Absent.

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19
Jun

“Rock the Park” on July 2

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s Fourth of July celebration will start a couple days early with a brand-new event.
Rock the Park is slated for Saturday, July 2, in Ely’s Whiteside Park, and organizers hope the first event will be come an annual one.
Two musical acts are set to perform in the city park, food and beverages will be on sale, and it’s shaping up to be the kickoff of a grand weekend celebration.
Ely’s Fourth of July committee is organizing and spearheading the event.
The group has been working for several years to expand the parade, which brings thousands downtown every year and has become known throughout northeastern Minnesota.
“We still are trying to make the parade bigger and better - attracting more visitors,” said Casey Velcheff, the city’s deputy clerk and a leader in the Fourth of July organizing efforts. “But, we also thought Ely could use even more independence day celebration by adding an annual music event in the park.”

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19
Jun

Carey offered Ely principal position

by Tom Coombe
A longtime Iron Range school administrator with ties to Ely is in line to become the Ely School District’s next high school principal.
Jeff Carey, former superintendent at Eveleth-Gilbert and a current administrator in the Rock Ridge district, will be offered the grades 6-12 principal post in Ely, following action by the Ely School Board at a special meeting on Wednesday.
Carey, the son of two Ely High School graduates, was picked over two other finalists to replace Megan Anderson, who resigned at the end of the school year and will return to a teaching position this fall.
The offer to Carey, which was approved unanimously by board members, came with one stipulation: that he decide by Friday whether he’ll take the job.
If Carey declines, the position will be offered instead to the board’s second-ranked finalist - Hibbing administrator Mandy Huusko.

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19
Jun

Coming together to save Ely’s ambulance service

Representatives from Ely’s four governmental bodies sat down Thursday afternoon to discuss ways to make sure when you need an ambulance one will arrive quickly and with qualified and well-trained staff.
Today that starts with finding a permanent home for the Ely Area Ambulance Service, a non-profit run entity that works to make ends meet and that the service runs smoothly.
A joint powers board made up of Ely, Winton, Morse and Fall Lake has the ability to provide tax revenues, something that has been in place for decades. But now the joint powers board is being asked to do even more, help the ambulance service find a better home.
Currently the hospital rents the ambulance service a building that is basically just that. No running water or sewer, just a place to park the ambulances along with a small office. Plans have been in the works for years to replace that building with a more fitting home.

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19
Jun

Miscellaneous Musings by FunGirlDi

by Diana Mavetz Petrich
Many of us have a favorite time of year where we love everything about that treasured time, season, month, or holiday. We have our reasons of why we like that time which may be influenced by the weather, nature, sports, or hobbies. Mine is June.
June is my birthday month, and I just celebrated my 61st. Every year that passes is, of course, a celebration, but I am also stunned that I don’t feel older and keep waiting to grow up or start to feel like an adult. Maybe, at this point, it may never happen.
I haven’t written my column for a few months as I was engaged in a legal fiasco for the past four years. I’m happy to say it is in the rear view mirror and the relief is joyous. There are so many things wrong with the legal system in this country. My summation of the entire ordeal was we were forced to participate in a game of legal extortion. It’s over and I am grateful.

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19
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Trap team competes at State Trapshooting Meet

The Northeast Range/Ely trapshooting team competed at the State Trapshooting Meet in Alexandria on June 14.
Overall out of 56 teams, NER/E placed eighth. There were approximately 875 shooters with 20 local athletes among them. Each participant shoots four rounds with 25 shots totaling 100 shots.
Caden Roseth and Kale Beno each got a perfect 25 during one of their rounds.
Julie Huseby coaches the local team, which involves a mix of Northeast Range (13) and Ely (seven) students.
This season was a challenge dealing with the weather and temperatures. A late spring with cold, snow and rain led to the state meet with temperatures near 90 degrees and a strong wind.
The following people have worked to make the program successful: Julie and Mark Huseby, Chad and Terri Loewen, Travis Loewen, Ed Zupancich, Mark Fridges, Ed Putzel and Rob Simonich.

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Flom, Coughlin named all-league

Two Ely High School softball players have earned All-Arrowhead Conference recognition.
Senior Charly Flom and junior Kate Coughlin were two key contributors on an Ely team that won 11 games and reached the double-elimination portion of the Section 7A palyoffs, and both landed spots on an all-conference team picked by league coaches.
The duo helped spark an at-times dynamic Ely offense and anchored the top of a potent Wolves order.
Flom, Ely’s shortstop, was a multiyear starter and led the Wolves with 28 runs scored. She belted 23 hits for a .365 average and compiled a .459 on base percentage with two doubles, 10 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases.
Coughlin was the Wolves leading hitter and their most consistent power bat. She hit a team-best .500 with 29 hits overall and 31 RBI. That included seven doubles, a triple and a home run.
Coughlin led her team with a .531 on base percentage, scored 18 times and had 12 steals. She was Ely’s left fielder.

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19
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ATV safety course to be held on July 9

The Prospectors ATV Club will be conducting ATV training class on July 9 at the Longbranch in Winton.
Contact instructor, Mike Banovetz at 218-235-9969. Leave a voice message with a phone number or better yet send a text message.
This course has been registered with the DNR, so please do not wait to get your kids registered.
The class will start at 10 a.m. Lunch at noon and field testing will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pizza and water will be provided for lunch.
Each student must complete the on-line segment and bring their certificate with them to class.
Each student must be accompanied by a parent or qualified guardian like a grandparent who will be required to sign a release form.
Also each student needs to bring their own helmet. Long pants are required, no shorts. No sandals or flip flops, tennis shoes or outdoor boots are required.
More information is available on the following link for the on-line course;

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School Board Meeting Minutes May 9, 2022

(Board approved 6/15/2022)

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