Kingsford Scout to build pavilion at Lodal Park

KINGSFORD – An Eagle Scout candidate plans to get a pavilion built at Kingsford’s Lodal Park.

Jack Mitchell of Boy Scout Troop 510 got the project approved Monday by Kingsford City Council, which agreed to provide up to $6,700 for materials. Mitchell said he hopes to reduce that cost through donations.

City Manager Tony Edlebeck said a Lodal Park pavilion is included in the city’s recreation plan. He estimated the cost at $10,000 to $15,000 if the city were to contract for the work.

The 20 x 20-foot structure will be located near the playground area at the park’s west end. There are three softball and baseball diamonds at Lodal, as well as a soccer/football field and tennis and basketball courts.

Mitchell said he’s secured assistance from Champion Inc. for the concrete work and builder Todd Johnson for construction. He plans to complete the pavilion no later than September 2015.

In other action Monday, the council:

– Received notification of a cable television service change from Charter Communications. Effective Aug. 19, Charter customers who have a TV connected directly to Charter service without Charter-issued digital equipment (set-top box or CableCARD), will lose access to Charter TV. More information is available at Charter’s local access channel 902, by calling 1-866-517-6181, or visiting Charter at 385 Woodward Ave., Kingsford.

– Heard resident Susan Bjorkman of Cass Avenue say she wants no changes in a city ordinance governing recreational fires. The ordinance allows fire pits under

specific conditions, but prohibits those that create “smoke or odor nuisances for surrounding neighbors.” The city has fielded complaints on whether that prohibition is adequately enforced, but Bjorkman said public safety officers are “doing a great job.”

– Approved an access agreement with Ford Motor Co. and Kingsford Products for a groundwater treatment plant located near the Menominee River. The plant has been operated by the companies since October 2005 under a state consent order for long-term environmental response and monitoring. The access agreement had never been finalized.

– Opened bids for front mower equipment from Michigan Sales and Equipment of Marquette, Inc. at $16,900, and Riester and Schnell of Pound, Wis., $18,650. The low bid will be accepted, provided it meets specifications.

– Heard council member Joe Groeneveld compliment the public safety department for its response to an apartment fire Friday night on Westwood Avenue. Officers evacuated the Diamondhead Apartments complex and quickly knocked the fire down.

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