Mayor Ness addresses myriad of topics facing Duluth in Town Hall

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2014 Updated Aug 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As Duluth undergoes changes, Mayor Don Ness says the city administration has all the more responsibility to stay in touch with its constituents.

That was the focal point Monday night in Ness's first informal Town Hall meeting since taking office.

The mayor discussed the city's pothole problems, and having to find new ways to fund street repairs. While admitting no one likes new fees Mayor Ness called the city council's street improvement fee a good first step.

The Mayor also talked about the need for housing options for families and young professionals as well as low income residents.

One area of potential Mayor Ness sees for addressing the housing issue is First Street, and the fire–damaged Kozy Apartments.

"The city has, and the city council has, selected the Kozy as one of our priorities to receive state tax credits, and hopefully through historic tax credits and the state low income housing tax credits they'll be able to create a program to put those housing units back online."

On the social side of the aisle, Mayor Ness called discrepancies in health and wellness among the city's minorities another focal point for his administration.

Billy Wagness
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