Around Cook County
If you’d like to learn more about solar power options for your home or cabin, there are resources available in Cook County. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning talked with Virginia Danfelt of the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) on North Shore Morning.
CCLEP will host a solar PV workshop on Thursday, July 23, 7:00 at the Community Center followed by a solar PV tour on Saturday, July 25 at 9:00 am. These events kick off a Solar Initiative Project with the production of Going Solar: A Cook County Guide.
Fore more information go to cookcountylocalenergy.org or contact Virginia Danfelt, CCLEP Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is invited to visit the new Local Food Market for locally produced foods, an opportunity to meet your farmer neighbors, and enjoy the bounty of summer on the North Shore. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Kristin Dearruda Wharton on North Shore Morning.
The new Local Food Market will be open weekly on Thursdays through August. Hours are 4 to 6 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais, rain or shine. More information for shoppers and vendors from Kristin at 387-2330 or from Diane at 387-3015.
Guidelines for Farm Market vendors are here.
The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the spread of invasive species in our area. Laurel Wilson, Team Coordinator, came in to WTIP to talk about their work and an upcoming native plant restoration workshop where community members can get involved.
The workshop will be July 25, from 10am to noon at Sugarloaf Coaf Nature Center. More information is available at 387-3772.
On July 8, the Grand Marais city councilors had a first reading on an amendment that will allow “accessory residential use” in portions of the Cedar Grove Business Park.
A recommendation to make the change came from the Grand Marais planning commission, which voted a week earlier to allow owner residential occupancy in designated sections of the business park. The Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority, which owns the Cedar Grove Business Park parcel, had requested the zoning change in order to facilitate sales of the lots. To date, only five of the 37 lots have been sold since marketing efforts began in 2007.
However, there are two significant stipulations in the proposed amendment. The first limits the area where residential use is allowable to Block 5, Lots 3-8 on the western end of the business park. The second condition states that the occupants must own or in some way be affiliated with the attached business.
Councilor Tracy Benson raised the issue of safety in the business area, a matter which Councilor Tim Kennedy said also concerned the planning commission.
Benson said there could be safety issues involving truck and other traffic if and when additional lots are sold and developed. The road in the business park is not designed for kids riding bikes and scooters, nor was the business park in general built with pedestrians and other commuters in mind, she said.
But councilor and EDA board member Anton Moody replied that the business park concept as is “is not working now,” and said the accessory residential use allowance is something the EDA board wishes to pursue in an effort to revive lot sales.
The week’s weather, in a word, “sunny.” WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson about blue skies.
Last week “New Horizons” passed within 7,000 miles of the dwarf planet Pluto. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with astronomer Mark Hollabaugh about this surprising, icy object at the far-flung edge of the solar system.