Kingsford receives extra winter road aid

By JIM ANDERSON

News Editor

KINGSFORD – Kingsford has received $27,946 in state funding to boost its road maintenance budget after the tough winter, City Manager Tony Edlebeck reported Monday.

The money is part of $100 million for special winter road maintenance provided in a supplemental appropriations bill enacted by the Legislature and signed into law March 14 by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Under the state’s road funding formula, the Michigan Department of Transportation received $39.1 million, counties $39.1 million, and cities and villages $21.8 million. How much a county, city or village received depended on several factors, including road mileage and population.

Kingsford’s share, which arrived Friday, will help cover extra costs for plowing and pothole repairs, Edlebeck said at Monday’s city council meeting.

Iron Mountain received $41,463; Norway, $19,355; and the Dickinson County Road Commission, $179,692.

In other action Monday, the Kingsford council:

– Heard Edlebeck report that 290 water customers remain on “let run” status to prevent freeze-ups. Because frost levels are still very deep, until notified otherwise, a stream of water should remain running at those locations, he said.

– Named Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain to assist in administering a Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Kingsford’s approved grant amount is $589,439, with a 10 percent city match required. The SAW program is designed to help municipalities plan for sewer maintenance needs.

– Heard Mark Schultz, president of Kingsford Broach and Tool, express appreciation for the city’s “expedient service” in helping site the company’s planned $2.5 million facility at 2200 Maule Drive west of Lodal Park. Schultz said a groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled later this spring.

– Based on a recommendation from the city’s planning commission, scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 5, on a proposed zoning change to allow crematories as accessory structures in a business zone.

– Proposed a sale price of $28,600 for a residential lot at 550 Evergreen Court. If the sale goes through, the lot would be the sixth to become a home site in the city’s Evergreen Court development area.

– Adopted a resolution in support of proposed ammendments to Dickinson County’s Solid Waste Management Plan. Under the updated plan, a landfill in Breitung Township that once served the Niagara, Wis., paper mill will be able to accept construction and demolition debris generated in Dickinson County.

– Authorized seeking a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency grant to assist in acquisition of a squad car. Council member Brian Smeester voted no.

– Allocated $2,000 for the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools summer recreation program.

– Agreed to provide $250 to share in liability insurance costs for the annual Independence Day parade organized by Americans for Constitutional Enforcement (ACE).

– Granted permission to Zero Gravity Outreach ministry, represented by Tim Wilkinson, to stage a motorcycle stunt show Saturday, July 19, at Lodal Park. To address safety concerns, concrete barriers will be in place, Wilkinson said.

– Heard Edlebeck report that Minerick Logging of Sagola has begun harvesting timber on city-owned property near Nocerini Road in Breitung Township. Minerick’s bid of $50,516 for mature aspen on the 40-acre site was accepted by the city in August.

– Approved a request from Charles Gardiner for storage of a motor home at a residence at 225 Doraland St.

– Noted that city offices will be closed Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday.

Jim Anderson’s email address is janderson@ironmountaindailynews.com.