CRYSTAL FALLS—At its regular Sept. 9 meeting, the Crystal Falls City Council voted to increase parking fines from $10 to $15.
The decision came after a public hearing, at which nobody spoke. A motion to increase the fine to $20 was initially made, but died due to lack of support.
Next, a motion to raise the fine to $15 was made and supported. It passed on a 3-2 vote. Councilor Jack Bicigo said he would rather leave it at $10, but voted yes for the increase.
The board voted to write a formal resolution of support for the southern route of the Belle Isle to Ironwood trail. According to City Manager Dorothea Olson, Gov. Rick Snyder proposed the U.P.-wide trail to help promote the economy.
“I think this is a good thing,” said Councilman Patrick Sommers. “There’s no financial cost to the city.”
A security system was also a topic on the agenda. Due to recent vandalism on the main street, Olson said that it would be a necessary action.
“I just think it’s time we have a security system in City Hall,” she said. She discussed having cameras in and outside of the hall and at the power plant.
The other board members agreed with the idea of the security system and asked Olson to come back to the board with bids.
The board also discussed proposed road work in the city by Northeast Asphalt. The city has enough money for the work in its major and local street funds.
Olson said the city needs to spend the money and proposed that road work be done every year. The work for this year will be completed by Oct. 31. The board approved the road work.
In other business, the council:
--Awarded the roof repair project on the golf course clubhouse and TV building to Ponchaud Contracting and Excavating in the amount of $5,254 for the clubhouse and $1,395 for the TV building.
--Appointed Peggy Ketola to the Library Board.
--Approved the UPSET request of funds for an amount of $1,469.
--Approved the Title VI plan, which MDOT requires to be in place.
--Accepted the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) union proposal was accepted.
--Held an executive session about the IBEW union proposal after its rejection.
--Scheduled a public hearing regarding a renewable energy plan for Sept. 19 at 8 a.m.