IRON RIVER—The Iron River City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of certain animals, including deer, within city limits.
The ordinance was adopted following a public hearing preceding the council’s April 18 regular meeting.
Comments taken during the hearing were primarily concerned with enforcement. City Manager John Archocosky said a police officer is typically assigned as an enforcement officer and has the authority to issue citations for violations of the ordinance.
Violations would occur in the cases of intentionally “furnishing or otherwise making available any human food, pet food, hay, forage product or supplement, or other substance which is likely to be consumed by certain animals, birds or waterfowl.”
The ordinance will become effective 30 days following publication.
In his report to the council, attorney Mark Tousignant gave an update on the status of the former Coast-to-Coast building on the corner of Third Avenue and Genesee Street.
Bricks from the façade had fallen onto the sidewalk, and the city cordoned off the area.
The title to the parcel has changed hands in the interim, Tousignant, and the former owner had been cited and paid fines.
The new owners will begin to receive citations.
The owner of the former River City Lanes continues to be fined, said Tousignant, and in response to a concern by a council member, he said no ordinance violations were involved with the basement/foundation standing at the corner of Lay Avenue and Genesee Street.
Craig Richardson of GEI Consultants reported on the water and sewer projects within the city, noting an early construction season has put both ahead of schedule.
There is the possibility the water project can be completed in several months.
The council approved sponsorship of $250 to West Iron County High School’s Project Graduation all-night event for students; and voted unanimously to retain the status quo on Public Act 152, essentially “opting out” of the restrictions and guidelines for payment of health benefits for employees.
The council set its budget hearing for May 16, prior to the regular monthly meeting, and it approved a $250 sponsorship to the West Side Veterans Council.