IRON RIVER—Iron River City Council is concerned with a potentially dangerous situation on Third Avenue, as bricks have been falling from the top of the former Coast-to-Coast building.
The sidewalk has been cordoned off.
City Attorney Mark Tousignant talked to the council about what actions it should take at its March 21 monthly meeting.
This is a blight issue, he said.
The mayor, chief of police and city manager have met and sent a letter to the owner, Joseph Dulak of Oracle Co., located in Menominee.
The indication, Tousignant explained, is that the owner will be bankrupting the property or transferring it in some manner to another party, which Tousignant thought may be fraudulent.
“This is not a good situation,” said Mayor Terry Tarsi. “What is the status of the building? Could a whole wall collapse?”
Tousignant said the building needs to be inspected, at the expense of the owner, who is being fined.
the council held a public meeting prior to the regular meeting to take input on its DNR Trust Fund application for a recreation grant, sought to make improvements and enhance handicap accessibility at Nelson Field.
The project will include making accessible entrances and “lookouts,” as well as upgrading the ticket booths and adding grandstand railing extensions.
Several proposals were discussed for the direction the project should take in the handicap accessed areas, including entrances and parking areas.
It is a cooperative project, noted GEI Consultants engineer Craig Richardson, with the city, the West Iron County Schools and the district’s athletic boosters all willing to participate.
“We have commitments from all,” he said.
The timeline for the project will be submitting the application by April 2. The state evaluates the applications throughout the summer, and assigns a preliminary score sometime in August.
At this point, Richardson said, the city has the opportunity to review the grant and try to score more points. The city should hear in November or December on approval, and, if approved, bids could go out next spring.
The council approved the resolution for the grant application as an agenda item.
Tarsi opened discussion to the council on deer management in the city.
“I would like to see the city adopt an ordinance to prohibit residents from feeding deer,” he said. “It’s getting out of hand.”
The council received copies of ordinances from Crystal Falls, Iron Mountain and Kingsford for review.
Councilman Ray Coates said Kingsford, which has a ban on feeding, also conducts a controlled, archery hunt.
“They shot 80 deer,” he said, “and in a week more were back.” He noted Crystal Falls has an ordinance banning feeding, and has not made any arrests.
“If we could make an idea that would work, we could patent it,” said Councilman Al Perlongo, adding that getting deer out of the city is a multiple step project.
“You can’t just try one part and say it didn’t work,” he said.
City Manager John Archocosky added there is a lot of natural feed to attract the deer.
The council will review other municipalities’ ordinances and discuss them at a work session scheduled for April 3 at 1 p.m. At this meeting, charter amendments will also be discussed, with a public hearing scheduled.
The council approved a donation of $2,500 to the U.P. Championship Rodeo and a $150 sponsorship to the Iron County Historical Museum.
The council also gave its support for a proposal to implement a county-wide prescription drug discount card.