IRON RIVER—Iron River Mayor Terry Tarsi welcomed new City Manager Perry Franzoi to his first regular meeting of the City Council July 18.
Franzoi replaces retired City Manager John Archocosky. The former Breitung Township supervisor officially began July 2.
Tarsi said Archocosky, who served as city manager for nine years, will stay on as a consultant until Aug. 30, helping Franzoi become acquainted with several ongoing city projects, including water, sewer and the U.S. 2 reconstruction.
In his manager’s report, Franzoi noted that the city’s code enforcement officer will be resigning in September, and that the annual audit will begin on Aug. 27.
He added that one of the projects he’s working on with Archocosky is concerns the status of the city’s Economic Vitality Incentive Program’s “best practices” implementation.
The city is discussing a possible water authority or assessing consortium with Iron River Township, as the EVIP encourages consolidation of services.
In his attorney’s report, Mark Tousignant told the council he has been handling several minor issues regarding easements involving the city’s water and sewer projects.
The owner of the former River City Lanes bowling alley still has not settled with his insurance company following the fire last year, so the city continues to issue citations.
Tousignant said he has not been able to serve the owner of the former Coast-to-Coast building with papers concerning violations because certified mail is not being accepted. Therefore, the city continues to issue citations, and the sidewalk next to the building continues to be taped off.
The council approved two pay requests for the water and sewer projects.
Craig Richardson, project manager for GEI Consultants, said the Rural Development sewer project was two months ahead of schedule.
Additionally, because of savings, more work could be added to the water projects, including 1,000 feet of water line replacement on Ruby Street and 1,000 feet in Mineral Hills.
Tarsi commented on the police department monthly report, noting the department made a total of 294 assists to other agencies.
“That’s a lot of police assists,” he said. “It should be noted. Is this because we’re the only police department operating 24/7?”
Tousignant said a good number of the assists were to drug court, issuing breathalyzer tests.
the council selected a replacement for Precinct 3 council member Tom King, who resigned July 1.
Three applications were received: from Karen Wales, Bill LaRock and Dan Byzek. Following nominations, the council approved the appointment of LaRock to fill out the term.
The council approved a sponsorship for the U.P. Championship Rodeo program book. In discussion the item, Council member Al Perlongo told the council he was disappointed that the West Iron County High School band would not participate in the parade.
The council approved a request from the Rodeo Committee to hold a street dance Saturday, Aug. 4.
The council approved having Franzoi put together a bid package for work on the Chamber of Commerce office, including roof and stair replacement.