New roof OK’d for Breitung Township Hall


Staff Writer

QUINNESEC – Breitung Township will repair the township roof this year rather than next year after a vent caused an area of the ceiling in the board room to crack and leak.

Superintendent Joe Rogina said the roof is 24 years old and has had repairs, including patching last year.

When the roof was replaced 25 years ago, township officials were told the roof would last approximately 25 years.

The board authorized Rogina to pursue bids to replace the roof.

In other news, the board:

– Approved $2,000 for the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools 2013 Summer Recreation Program. This is an annual budgeted item.

– Authorized Rogina to make monetary purchases within budget for the U.P. Firefighters Tournament to be held in the township in 2014. A monthly report of income and expenses will be provided to the board.

– Approved a revised Cooperative Mutual Aid Agreement with the Michigan DNR. This agreement is updated every five years and provides authority to the township fire department to purchase fire equipment through the federal government General Services Administration.

– Approved DPW Superintendent Guy Forstrom to attend a Security Water Seminar in Marquette with mileage and meals paid.

– Approved Supervisor Denny Olson to travel with his personal vehicle to the MRA Legislative Advocacy Day with lodging and mileage paid. Since Olson is president of the Michigan Township Association this year, they may cover some of his expenses.

– Has an additional two weeks to complete township road repair surveys. This is due to the weather.

– Heard from Sue Reese of 500 Campbell St. regarding her concern about spot zoning the Shelley Byrne residence for the purpose of operating a MSHDA office. Byrne has requested a conditional rezoning of her property. The issue will be addressed by the planning commission this month.

Reese said her attorney believes this “spot zoning” is illegal.

“She is a private contractor contracted by the state, but not a MSHDA office,” Reese said. “Is this house being given special consideration? I am concerned about spot zoning. It’s been five months. It’s going to hurt my property value if it continues.”

Reese also voiced her concern about the number of cars in the driveway of the residence. “It’s been going on too long and it shouldn’t,” she said.

– Was introduced to Trooper Geno Basanese of the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain/Iron River Posts. Basanese is the community service trooper for Dickinson and Iron counties.

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