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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:27 AM

IRON RIVER—Iron River’s proposed charter amendment got the thumbs-down from voters in the main result from the Nov. 5 general election.
The only voting took place in the county’s four cities, with all candidates for office running unopposed. Three city ballot measures were also decided, with two passing.
The exception was a proposal to amend the Iron River city charter by ending the provision that prohibits council members from serving on other governmental bodies.
The rule will remain in place, after 67 percent of voters turned the proposal down. It received 50 yes votes and 101 against.
The other two matters, both millage renewals, passed easily. In Crystal Falls, renewal of the 1.5-mill levy for fire protection received 74 percent support (88 yes, 31 no). The millage was approved for three years, 2013 through 2015.
In Caspian, the city’s Community Center millage was approved for another three years, getting 62 percent support (46 yes, 28 no). The 1.0-mill levy will be collected in 2014 through 2016.
As for the seats on city councils, all candidates ran unopposed. In Caspian, Mark Stauber received 54 voters, and Jody Menghini got 48 votes, earning them new two-year terms as city commissioners.
In Gaastra, Richard Wissell got 28 votes for a new one-year term as mayor, while Michael Ingram and Delsey Treado got new two-year terms on the City Commission. Ingram got 32 votes, and Treado got 27.
All four seats on the Iron River City Council were on the ballot. In Precinct 1, Edward J. Marcell received 24 votes to win a new four-year term.
In Precinct 3, Ben Smith filed as a write-in candidate and got 12 votes—no candidates had filed for that seat by the deadline. Smith wins a four-year seat on the city council.
The other two seats are for the final two years of incomplete terms. In Precinct 2, Jere Fritsche received 42 votes, which Rick Commenator got 29 votes in Precinct 4.
The other seat on the City Council belongs to Mayor Terry Tarsi. His term expires at the end of 2015.
Voter turnout was very low—8.9 percent of eligible voters. In Iron River, turnout was just 7.2 percent. It was 9.3 percent in Crystal Falls, 11.7 percent in Caspian and 12.3 percent in Gaastra.


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