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Building collapses under heavy snow

CRYSTAL FALLS—A city-owned building collapsed on the night of March 9 due to heavy snow.
    According to City Manager Dorothea Olson, the building at 224 Superior Ave. was deeded over to the city in 2014 by the owner, whose intention was to let it go back into the tax foreclosure cycle. Olson said the building had been in the cycle for a while and the city wanted ownership of it.
    “Our intent was to tear it down, but it collapsed first,” Olson said.
    The building, which shares a wall with a privately owned business, had a hole in the roof. The weight of the snow on the roof caused the front of the building to bow into the street.
    Due to the emergency nature of the collapse, a contractor was called March 10 to remove the front of the building. According to Olson, the remaining portions of the building are scheduled to be removed soon. The private building next to the one that collapsed was able to be salvaged, she said.
    The Crystal Falls City Council also met March 9 for its regular monthly meeting and a special meeting.
    According to the minutes, the board approved the cable and HBO rates that were set by the CATV committee. Effective with the February billing, the basic cable rate will be $38, and the HBO rate will be $15.50.
    The board also adopted a resolution that will be sent to the state of Michigan that allowed the city to transfer $22,376.44 from the general fund to the golf fund in order to relieve the golf fund of the deficit that occurred at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.
    A motion was made and carried for the sale of city-owned equipment. The equipment includes a 2000 Chevy truck with a minimum bid set at $3,500 and a 1991 utility truck with a minimum bid set at $5,000. Bids will be heard at the next regular meeting.
    During the regular meeting, Mayor Pat Sommers adjourned the monthly meeting, and the board entered into a special meeting regarding the DNR grant application for Runkle Lake.
    According to the minutes,

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