IRON RIVER—At its Oct. 8 special meeting, the Iron River City Council voted to pulverize roughly 1,000 feet of Coolidge Avenue, making the road more of a recycled asphalt material.
The council also agreed to leave Blossom Street as is for this year, but will not abandon the section that is currently blocked off.
According to Craig Richardson of GEI Consultants, recycled asphalt is more of a gravel material than pavement. By pulverizing the road that is currently there, it mixes the blacktop with gravel that will ultimately create a recycled material.
City Manager Perry Franzoi said there is roughly $10,000 in the budget for the roads now. A culvert on Wilson Street also needs to be replaced.
Members of the public agreed that by making Coolidge Avenue a better road to drive on would be a good start.
Discussion of a possible road millage for local streets was also discussed at the meeting. According to Franzoi, one mill would generate $57,000 and will pay for a new road the size of a city block.
Ballot language for the millage would have to be finalized and accepted 90 days prior to the election. Mayor Terry Tarsi urged the community to promote the road millage if they want it passed.
After an executive session, the board also voted to ratify the city manager’s contract and extend it for a year.