East Kingsford Park damage discussed


Staff Writer

QUINNESEC – Spring time is here, and that means vandalism has once again occurred at the East Kingsford Park.

Breitung Township Supervisor Denny Olson said that on May 18 he received a call about vandalism at the East Kingsford Park. He said the trees planted by the Department of Public Works last fall were snapped off.

He asked for board discussion on what to do about the reoccurring damage at the park.

“Every year around Memorial Day, we have vandalism for two to three weeks,” Olson said. “What should we do about this ongoing problem?”

Trustee Mary Beth Dixon, who lives next to the park, commented that lighting and signage about park hours could be addressed. She also said some type of fencing, so vehicles do not drive in the park should be looked into.

Olson said he would like to see the township superintendent and DPW superintendent look into the situation.

Dixon said the vandalism is worse at the end of the summer.

Superintendent Joe Rogina commented that he will check with WeEnergies on additional lighting.

The issue may be addressed at a parks and recreation committee in the near future.

No action was taken on the issue on Monday night.

In other news, the board:

– Approved charging a $2 per parcel fee for records search and copying fee for mortgage and appraisal information and $20 per request for assessment or tax roll on a CD or emailed.

– Approved DPW Superintendent Guy Forstrom to take the township’s Model A Fire Truck to three car shows this summer. One of those may be the Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. Trustee Ben Peterson voted against the motion. Anytime a township vehicle goes out of town, it requires board approval. Rogina added that advertising the township is a permitted expense.

– Approved Fire Chief Jeff Iverson to attend the Michigan Chief Summer Conference in Traverse City with up to $800 paid for registration, a two-night hotel stay and mileage on July 25-26. Topics are consolidation, health care, strategic planning, the Joplin Tornado of 2011 and Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS).

– Heard from Sue Reese of Breitung Township regarding the property at 600 Campbell Street. She claims the residence is using more than 1,300 square feet and not 812 square feet for a MSHDA office. She said this is 76 percent and not the allowed 25 percent of useable floor-square feet of the dwelling. She said there are also more than five employees if inspectors, Caring House in-take personnel and Houghton employees are counted. The planning commission will discuss the issue at 7 p.m. on June 13.