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Any group that wants to use the Duluth City Hall as a venue for an event — whether it's a protest or a rally — will now need to pull a permit to do so. Earlier this month, Duluth rolled out its new City Hall Use Policy. "This is public space, so it's really important that the public be able to access it. It's also primarily a work space, where we have hundreds of people who are here to get their work done during the day. So we're just trying to find a way to balance all that," said Mayor Emily Larson.
Duluth's residents can expect to see a significant increase in the price they pay for tap water in the future. A resolution to veto higher water rates failed by a 2-7 vote Monday night, with city councilors Howie Hanson and Jay Fosle standing alone in their opposition to increased charges approved by the Duluth Public Utilities Commission last week.
The Duluth City Council added some wiggle room to its pending budget deliberations Monday night, when it approved a higher property tax limit than Mayor Emily Larson had proposed. The loftier cap — 2.4 percent above the mayor's proposed figure — could allow the council to reduce some of the cuts to the Duluth police and fire departments that Larson had called for as part of an overall reduction of $2.1 million in city spending next year.
Monday night, the Duluth City Council will consider whether to reject a proposed water rate hike. A resolution introduced by 4th District Councilor Howie Hanson would veto a plan to increase the cost of Duluth tap water by 4.7 percent annually for the next six years. By the end of that period, the city's annual additional collections of about $5 million would be sufficient to replace about 4.3 miles of pipe yearly, rather than the 1 to 2 miles the city has been able to tackle in recent years.
After receiving a torrent of emails in opposition to proposed cuts to the city's police and fire departments, a couple of Duluth city councilors put forward a plan Thursday night that could at least partially restore funding. Public safety
A well-heeled developer based in Walnut Creek, Calif., has quietly acquired and assembled a chunk of property in downtown Duluth that has long been eyed by many as an area ripe for redevelopment.
A recent dustup between Duluth City Council President Joel Sipress and DFL Congressional District 8 Chairman Justin Perpich illustrates deep party divisions over the prospect of copper-nickel mining in Northeastern Minnesota and has prompted a call to censure Sipress.
All three incumbents up for re-election in the Duluth City Council primary Tuesday night will advance to the general election in November. There, At Large Councilors Zack Filipovich and Barb Russ, with 3,859 and 2,797 votes respectively, will be joined by challengers Janet Kennedy (2,462 votes) and Rich Updegrove (2,456 votes).
Today, local voters will narrow the field of candidates vying for seats on Duluth’s city council and school board. The polls for this primary election will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and those voters who turn out probably will exert greater influence than their sheer numbers might suggest. That’s because turnout for such a local primary is expected to be rather light, with no mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial or congressional races on the line.
The Duluth City Council unanimously signed off Monday night on a plan to ask the state of Minnesota for about $1.66 million to extend Waseca Industrial Road to connect with Grand Avenue.