STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP—Stambaugh Township approved the county’s solid waste amendment at the board’s Feb. 1 meeting.
County Chair Wayne Wales told the board that the Solid Waste Committee, lead by County Commissioner Bev Camp, had come up with a provision to open the county to other disposal companies.
“I really urge you to pass it,” said Wales. “If we don’t have 62 percent (of municipalities approval), I’m not sure if we would have to start this process again.”
Wales said the amendment opens up the whole trash issue to other options.
The board approved the amendment by a 4-0 vote. Supervision Eugene Pellizzaro was absent.
In other county business, Wales noted that the County Board had approved moving forward with the $9.1 million expansion at the Iron County Medical Facility, which has been delayed for the past six months.
During that time, said Wales, interest rates on the bonds are down to 3.7 percent, and the delay has also allowed the facility to come up with another $2 million for the project.
“We’re hoping to move on this by spring,” said Wales. “We also worked on our bonding for the courthouse, and we’re saving a million dollars for the taxpayers.”
The county, he said, has also been working with the senior citizens program, holding a meeting with the director of UPCAP and the four centers to give the centers some options.
“We going to leave that up to the four senior centers,” he said. “We do have options other that DICSA (Dickinson Iron Community Service Agency).”
Regarding the Heritage Trail, Wales said there are still some issues covering the commitment from both MDOT and the DNR.
“We hope to get this resolved in the next two weeks,” he said. Part of the issue is to avoid the county covering the costs.
He discussed the trade between the county and Blaise Andreski for a parcel of land, which Andreski had an undivided interest with the state. The county is trading that parcel with the state for another parcel on Fortune Lake by the Youth Camp.
“If we can’t get that one, there is another one,” he said.
Regarding the Airport Committee, Wales said the committee knows there’s no money for an airport, “but they’re working on it, so if money comes available, they will have some sites in mind.”
In other township business, the board discussed the upcoming presidential primary election on Feb. 28, which also includes a vote for .42 mills for operations of the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department and the Wales recall.
Trustee George Brunswick noted that he had attended the Road Commission’s task force meeting on Jan. 31 and was told work on Hiawatha Road would be looked at. East Brule Road, he said, was not eligible because it is not a primary road.
The next Township Board meeting is set for Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall.