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County transfers ownership to IR Senior Center

CRYSTAL FALLS—After a request from the Iron River Senior Citizens Council, the Iron County Board of Commissioners agreed to transfer ownership of the Iron River Senior Center to the council at the board’s regular monthly meeting Nov. 10.
    The board agreed to approve the resolution drafted by civil counsel Steven Tinti to transfer the title and execute an assignment of landlord’s interest in lease agreement to the U.P. Community Services, Inc. (DICSA), which has leased a portion of the building from the county.
    Tinti explained that the county had acted as a caretaker of the property. The covenant deed he prepared as part of the resolution included a reversionary right and a right of reentry.
    “That would mean that if the property ever ceased, for the applicable period of time, to be used for the providing of public services for seniors, that the county of Iron would have the ability, not the obligation, to take it back,” Tinti said.
    The applicable period of time would be more than 12 consecutive months.
    “I just think it’s important that we don’t end up with somebody running the building down and then automatically it becomes ours and we don’t have a choice in the matter,” Board Chairman Tim Aho said.
    “It will not come back to the county unless (the county) takes affirmative action to effectuate the reversionary interest and exercise its right of reentry,” Tinti answered.
    Tinti further explained that DICSA would now pay rent to the Iron River Senior Citizens Council for the balance of the existing lease term
    Commissioner Ray Coates motioned to advise Tinti to proceed and for the board to support the resolution. The motion passed unanimously.
    Later in the meeting, Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Powell and Sheriff Mark Valesano stood before the board to request its support of a resolution opposing House Bill 4138, which deals with parole presumption. Basically, the bill, whose primary sponsor is Rep. Kurt Heise, a Republican from Plymouth Township, would amend the corrections code to, in part, “create a presumption that a prisoner would not be a menace to society or public safety, and would have to be released upon serving his or her minimum sentence, if the prisoner scored a high probability of parole on the parole guidelines developed by the Department of Corrections.”
    Powell and Valesano voiced strong opposition to the bill, which Powell said is aimed at reducing the DOC’s budget.

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