by Barbara Cameron
The first time Carpenter Township hosted a coffee with Itasca County officials was four years ago. That was when the commissioners had just begun this initiative of trying to take their show on the road and meet with people locally to hear the grassroots concerns of constituents. This year’s first coffee in Carpenter Town Hall also brought out a pretty good showing of the citizenry on a mid-week early evening, April 19. There were more than 30 residents seated in the spacious main room of the beautiful log building, with 11 county officials arranged along a table in front of them. As promised, coffee and cookies were available.
On the roster from Itasca County were four people from the transportation department: Dan Mandich, District 3 foreman (maintenance supervisor); Bill Lessard, District 2 foreman; Matt Pellinen, county maintenance engineer; and Karin Grandia, the county highway engineer. Two county commissioners were present, Chair Terry Snyder (Dist. 2) and Vice-Chair Mark Mandich (Dist. 5), in whose district Carpenter Township lies.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.