Marcell, Baumgartner recognized for service

IRON RIVER—The Iron River City Council will have a different look in 2018, one that will include one major change.
    Since 1978, Ed Marcell had served on the council, but he did not seek re-election in November and will leave the position after nearly four decades of service.
    At the City Council’s regular monthly meeting Dec. 20, the city recognized Marcell and Daniel Baumgartner, who also did not seek re-election, for their service to the city.
    Marcell received a plaque commemorating his “faithful and dedicated service” to the city, and Baumgartner received a certificate thanking him for his “unselfish and dedicated service” during his term, 2014-17.
    The two will be replaced by Dennis D. Powell and Rodney Dood, who both ran unopposed in the November election and will start their terms this month.
    In other news from the meeting, Thayer updated the council on the city’s efforts to obtain cooperation to keep its sidewalks passable during the winter months.
    “My first assessment is that we really didn’t make much progress from where we were last year. I have pointed out, we have a number of people in town that do not drive a car—they walk. Just last week, I observed (someone) get to a place on the sidewalk that was impassable and then get on the street, back on the sidewalk and then on U.S. 2. And that just doesn’t work. We have to have more cooperation, and people have to take more responsibility and understand that people use sidewalks.

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