For obvious reasons, part of Blossom Street in Iron River has been closed to traffic. This view looks east on Blossom, from Wilson Avenue to Harding Avenue.
IRON RIVER—During its regular Sept. 18 meeting, the Iron River City Council allowed the public to comment about the possible abandonment of a small portion of Blossom Street.
One resident stated that the citizens care about community pride and caring how the city looks. She asked how the city was going to progress if the community continues to deteriorate.
Another said that the road would not be in its current condition if the city had maintained it.
Common comments made included the city’s obligation to maintain the road, what it would mean for the worth of the homes and properties in that area if the road is abandoned and the concern for other roads in that area.
Mayor Terry Tarsi said that GEI Consultants looked at the section that needed to be fixed and said it would cost $10,000 to $12,000.
According to GEI’s Craig Richardson, in order to make the road passable for this year, the city would have to remove the asphalt and replace it with recycled material. The recycled material is durable, so there would be a good chance it would not wash away during the winter and spring.
Tarsi asked the spectators if they would rather put the money needed to fix that section of Blossom Street into making other bad roads better so they would not deteriorate into the same condition. He said that the residents’ petition is on the table for the board to consider and that it is appreciated.
City Manager Perry Franzoi said there is roughly $12,000 in the local street fund balance, but that also has to go toward snow removal.
One resident suggested that the board propose a millage that would strictly be used for city street repair.
Council members did not take any action on Blossom Street.
Josh Brindle presented the board with information about the 2014 IronLine race and asked permission to use the Apple Blossom Trail, RV Park and other city property for the race.
“We are working really hard and looking to bring an even better event this year,” Brindle said.
The 2014 race has been scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
In other business, the board:
--Approved a job description for the vacant assessor’s job, which will be published.
--Voted to write a letter in the form of a resolution in support of the Belle Isle to Ironwood trail.
--Voted to bid out the fuel sale.
--Acknowledged that declaration of intent forms for write-in candidates will be due Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.
--Appointed City Clerk Rachel Andreski to the Building Authority.
--Hired Thomas Novascone as the city assessor.
--Voted to pay the Tousignant invoice of $4,437.
--Voted to pay HD Waterworks Supply’s invoices of $1,023 and $1,197.
--Paid the James Spicer Inc. invoice of $1,324.20 for the gravel placed after road washouts.
--Went into executive session to discuss the city manager contract as well as the POAM contract. No action was taken after the executive session.