CRYSTAL FALLS—Crystal Falls residents are encouraged to participate in a city-sponsored spring clean-up day on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Crystal Falls City Council approved the date, the first since 2009, at its April 9 monthly meeting.
City Manager Dorothea Olson said acceptable items would include old furniture, appliances, clothing, scrap metal and brush, but a complete list would be forthcoming.
The city will be collecting $10 per load to offset the costs, she added, which has increased quite a bit since 2009. The cost is now $400 per dumpster.
The city may order seven dumpsters but won’t be charged if they’re not all filled. The tipping fee is $51 per ton. At the last clean-up, 23 tons were collected.
Olson added that the 25 cents per month recycling fee added to residents’ utility bills can also be used to offset the cost.
two ordinances were introduced to the council by attorney Geoff Lawrence.
One covered the 25 cent per month addition to utility bills for recycling.
The second concerned a zoning ordinance amendment, allowing a change in use for a parcel on Fifth Avenue.
The owner is planning a restaurant and food business, Lawrence said. The zoning would need to be changed from multi-use to general business. The business owner would still need to seek variances for parking and other issues.
“I don’t want to put roadblocks in this man’s way,” Lawrence said. “It’s nice to have some economic development in the city.”
No action was taken, and both ordinances will go before a public hearing at the council’s May meeting.
The council gave its support to the Crystella Recreation Association’s request for support of a grant application to Plum Creek Timber.
If the grant is received, it will be used as a match for a DNR Passport Grant application for improvements at the ski hill.
The council approved Crystal View Golf Course annual rates and Runkle Lake Campground rates.
The board approved an advertising agreement with RTownshopper.com, which is a cash-free promotion program for its website and advertising on WZMQ-TV, Channel 19, from Marquette.
The city can use the coupon program to offer specials at the golf course and campground.
The city’s electric department is scheduling major maintenance at the power plant this summer.
It has received its responses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and will now proceed to obtain a DEQ drawdown permit.
The city will need to contact landowners along the impoundment, make a press release and hold a public hearing requesting public comment prior to the drawdown, which should take place later in the summer.
The last drawdown was made in 2005.