Superior council goes green

Councilors approved purchasing bricks in Superior Water, Light and Power's solar garden, as well as purchasing the city's first hybrid vehicles.

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SUPERIOR — The Superior City Council approved investing in Superior Water, Light & Power’s community solar garden to save money on energy costs for parks in Community Development Block Grant-eligible areas in the city during its Tuesday, Feb. 15, meeting.

Parks that would benefit from the savings include 18 Oakes, Allouez, Bear Creek, Benny Peterson, Center City, Kelly and Veterans Memorial.

For an estimated investment of $48,816 for 20 blocks (1 kilowatt each) in the 470-kilowatt solar garden, the city can expect to see a return on its investment in the 15th year of the 25-year contract and save an additional $34,223 on energy costs. Total savings at the current rate for electricity is estimated at $83,050 over the life of the contract.

Councilors were not inclined to appoint someone to fill the 3rd District vacancy prior to the April 4 election.

Councilor Jack Sweeney told councilors that delays in getting information he needed to come to a decision were nobody’s fault. Emails sent from SWL&P with answers to his questions about the project weren’t being received by the city’s parks, recreation and forestry director, Linda Cadotte.

Cadotte told the finance committee last week that when she mentioned she hadn’t received the emails to the city’s information technology director they “magically appeared.”


“I just want to make clear the information did come forth in a timely manner,” Sweeney said.

The proposal was first introduced to the council Dec. 21.

In other business,

  • Councilors approved purchasing three hybrid vehicles for the Public Works Department to launch the city’s efforts to convert its fleet to cleaner energy vehicles.
  • They also approved two land leases at the Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport and assigned them as collateral to National Bank of Commerce to allow Superior Flying Services LLC to purchase the hangars on the site for the aviation-related business.
Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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