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Section 1 THE ECHO/Page 9 9 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 (Continued from Page 1) tonight hurts a business that consideration. "we didn't declare it as our pays $2,000 in commercial According to figures pro- office earlier because Keith and slowing down once the property taxes here Your vided by both publications, didn't want the inconve- driver observes police chief action hurts a localbusiness, the Timberjay's bid was nience of making his home John Lahtonen. it hurts local families and it's about half that of the Echo's open for business." "Lahto pulls us over and wrong." with sample ads coming in Helmberger later wrote says 'you're doing 50 miles Council members did at $8.85 for the Timberjay that his publication "inad- an hour and I'm going to give not respond to Wognum's compared to $18.27 for the vertently failed to include a you a ticket and you say 'no, remarks and instead moved Echo. $75 check" to the Secretary no, no, now we're legal.' It's directly to vote, with Camp- Minutes of the task force of State prior to the Dec. 31 the same thing here," said bell casting the lone "no" session showed the group deadline, but did so after Wognum. vote. Campbell's request to addressed the legal ramifica- discovering the oversight in Wognum also took issue speak after the decision was tions of several potential de- January, when it changed its with correspondence from blocked by Novak, who said cisions, from reaffirming the records to establish the of Timberjay publisher Mar- debate had ended, council's original decision, rice of issue at Vandervort's shall Helmberger to city at- Earlier, council member rejecting both the Timberjay home. torney Kelly Klun, included A1 Forsman defended the and Echo bids, or rejecting While the Secretary of in Tuesday's council packet, work of the task force, that the Timberjay bid based on State only listed the Timber- in which Helmberger said also included Kess and Heidi the Secretary of State filing jay as a legal publication in "city officials were practi- Omerza, who met in secret and home office issues. February, after bids on the cally begging us" to bid for Feb. 8, with attorney Kelly In a Feb. 7 letter to Klun, city contract were accepted, the city's legal publishing Klun and city clerk and Helmberger said "there is Helmberger insisted that contract, operations director Harold nothing that prohibits" the "any suggestion that the "Think about that," said Langowski to address the Timberjay from claiming the Ely Timberjay's legal status Wognum. "Local appointed issues. Boundary Street residence lapsed as a result of this issue and or elected officials went "I know there are a lot .of editor Keith Vandervort is unfounded." to an out of town business of strong opinions on this," as its office and said both Wognum disagreed and that does not pay taxes here said Forsman. "The task he and Vandererort were told the council "you have and urged them to bid on force has looked at the laws approached by unidentified been tasked with making the a city contract. As a tax- governing this. There were city officials to bid against right decision and yet you payer, both residential and minor discrepancies that the Echo,which had been appear to be ignoring the commercial, I would like came up and were explained the city's legal publication facts in order to fit the con- to know which city officials away as simple oversights, since 2015. clusion you want to reach, contacted an out of town At the advice of the group "For city officials to ask plain and simple." business on this issue. Are and our legal counsel and the us to bid, and then throw out Wognum said he asked to there other Ely businesses work she did on our behalf, a bid on a questionablejusti- be notified of the task force who do work for the city this is the way we are going fication would be troubling," meeting and that the city who shouldbe worried about to have to address this now." Helmberger wrote, failed tO do so. the same retribution?" Forsman added there was The Timberjay closed its "Your communication Wognum told the council "not any substantial reason downtown office four years skills are lacking," he said. -"you've backed yourself into to reject" the Timberjay bid, ago and has not bid for the a corner. To go against the but he appeared open to pur- city contract until this year, Echo's bid would be going suing a charter change that when it declared Vander- against calls you made to would allow factors other vort's home as its office of the Timberjay. Your action than low bid to be taken into issue. Helmberger wrote that SKIING in the snow toward the finish line at the State Nordic Ski Meet was Ely's Kalyssa Eilrich at Giants Ridge on Feb. 14. Photo by Liz Anderson. NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING For construction of the Mesabi TrailTM Segment from the Former DM&IR Underpass on Highway 1/169 to the City of Ely. 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