IRON COUNTY—City issues will be the focus of voters on election day, next Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Voters will elect council members or commissioners in Caspian, Gaastra and Iron River, while ballot proposals will be decided in Caspian, Crystal Falls and Iron River.
There is no election in any of the county’s seven townships, and there are no county, state or congressional offices on the ballot, either.
Caspian: Two incumbents are seeking new two-year terms on the City Commission here. They are Mark Stauber and Jody Menghini.
City voters also are being asked to renew the one-mill levy being for the city’s community center. The city is asking voters’ approval to continue the millage for three years (2014 through 2016). The old millage for the community center ends this year.
Crystal Falls: City voters here are being asked to renew the 1.5-mill levy collected for fire protection and rescue services and equipment reserves. The levy expired at the end of 2012—the renewal is for three years, 2013 through 2015.
There is no city council election.
Gaastra: City voters in Gaastra decide the mayor for the next year and a pair of two-year seats on the city commission.
Incumbent Richard Wissell is the only candidate for mayor. The incumbents, Delsey Treado and Michael Ingram, are the only candidates who files for new terms on the city commission.
Gaastra has no ballot proposals.
Iron River: In Iron River, all four seats on the City Council are on the ballot for either two- or four-year terms.
--Precinct 1 (the northwest corner of the city): Edward J. Marcell, the incumbent, is the only candidate, seeking a new four-year term.
--Precinct 2 (the northeast quarter of the city): Jere Fritsche is the only candidate for the final two years of the seat now held by Michael Brozak, who is not running.
--Precinct 3 (the southeast corner of the city): No candidates filed by the state deadline for the four-year seat in Precinct 3, and no names will appear on the ballot. After the deadline, Ben Smith filed as a write-in candidate. Bill LaRock is the current council member from Precinct 3: He is not running.
--Precinct 4 (the southwest corner of the city): Rick Commenator is the only candidate who filed for the final two years of the seat now held by Arthur Sacheck, who decided not to run.
The fifth seat on the city council is held by Mayor Terry Tarsi, whose term ends in 2015.
Also on the ballot is a proposed amendment to the city charter. At present, council members are barred from holding appointed offices or serving on intergovernmental agencies that work with the city. This has come up several times, especially when council members also wanted to serve on the West Iron County Fire Authority—they were told they can’t do both.
If approved, the charter amendment would end that ban and allow council members to also serve on other agencies.