Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting – April 30

April 27, 2018


Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Ishpeming City Hall (100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, Mi. 49849)
City Hall Telephone Number: 906-485-1091

Agenda Items: USDA Water System Improvement Project

  1. Meeting Called to Order
  2. Rool Call
  3. Agenda Comment
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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2018 Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT Restaurant Awards

April 27, 2018

Marquette, Mi.04/27/2018– The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan Restaurant Association, and the Michigan Ag Council are proud to announce they are now accepting applications for the 2018 Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT Restaurant Award. Now in its second year, the award was created to raise awareness of the economic impact of restaurants using Michigan manufactured food products.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual chef survey, consumer demand for locally-grown produce has been one of the top culinary trends in recent years, and 54 percent of adults say they look for limited-service restaurants serving locally sourced food.

“Locally sourced is no longer a trend; it is a recognized practice in the restaurant industry,” said MRA President and CEO Justin Winslow. “Our state has unmatched agricultural variety and quality, which is exactly why we are so excited to launch the second year of the Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT Restaurant Award with the Michigan Ag Council and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.… Read the rest

NORML of Michigan Celebrates Successful Cannabis Legalization Petition Drive

April 26, 2018

Marquette, Mi. 04/26/2018– When the Board of State Canvassers meets on April 26 they are expected to certify the petition to legalize the adult use of cannabis for Michigan’s 2018 general election, and leadership of Michigan’s oldest cannabis law reform organization will be on hand to celebrate the accomplishment.

“This has been an anxious five months,” said Board member Rick Thompson, “but the end result was worth the wait.”

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is a cannabis legalization umbrella organization which submitted more than 365,000 signatures on petitions to the Secretary of State on November 20, 2017. It was announced this week that state elections staff has determined those petitions contained more than 277,000 valid signatures; approx. 252,000 valid signatures were needed to qualify for the ballot. The coalition includes state-based organizations like NORML of Michigan and the MILegalize group along with national groups like the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project.… Read the rest

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention- Grant Applications Sought by Children’s Trust Fund

April 24, 2018

Marquette, Mich. — 04/24/2018 — The Children’s Trust Fund is seeking proposals from community-based organizations to provide services to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Successful grantees can receive up to $50,000 per year for four years beginning in October 2018.

This funding opportunity from the public nonprofit Children’s Trust Fund within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is for community-based secondary direct prevention programs/services designed to promote strong, nurturing families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The target population is families that have risks or challenges in their lives that could result in parenting and child development difficulties and the risk of child abuse or neglect.

The funding is not to support programs for children and families when child abuse and neglect already has been substantiated.

These Direct Services grants are currently funding innovative services statewide. Examples include:

  • Home visitation programs such as Healthy Families America and Parents as Teachers.
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Michigan’s Safe Delivery Law Helping Save the Lives of Newborns

April 24, 2018

Marquette, Mich.04/24/2018 – As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month outreach efforts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michigan citizens to learn about the state’s Safe Delivery Law, and how they can help keep babies safe by promoting awareness of the statute.

To highlight the importance of this potentially life-saving law, April 20 has been proclaimed Safe Delivery of Newborns Day by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Under the law, a biological parent may legally surrender an infant no more than 72 hours old to an emergency service provider. An emergency service provider is a uniformed or otherwise identified employee or contractor of a hospital, fire department or police station that is inside the building and on duty, or a paramedic or emergency medical technician, who responds to a 911 call.

“Tragically, newborn infants have died due to neglect and exposure after being abandoned.… Read the rest

Long-time U.P. Gasoline Vendor Sentenced To Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud

April 23, 2018

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that David Louis Vernier, age 64, of Ishpeming, was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for committing bankruptcy fraud. The sentence was imposed by Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker of the U.S. District Court.

David Vernier, the father of Brooke Vernier, came to the attention of special agents of the FBI as they investigated the younger Vernier’s involvement in a $145,000,000 check-kiting scheme that she executed in 2012. Brooke Vernier, the owner of numerous gas stations in the U.P., circulated a huge number of bad checks amongst seven different corporate bank accounts at three different banks in 2012, thus temporarily leading the banks’ accounting systems to erroneously conclude that her accounts held more money than was actually there. When the fraud was discovered, the banks had suffered a loss of more than $1.7 million.… Read the rest

DEA Partners with State and Local Law To Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs – April 28

April 23, 2018

Marquette, Mi.– On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. State and local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to any participating precinct, office or department. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.… Read the rest

Alumna’s Poetry Set to Music by Local Composer

April 23, 2018

Marquette, Mi.4/23/2018 – Northern Michigan University alumna and poet Kathleen M. Heideman (’94 MA) has contributed text for an original choral cantata, “The Night Psalms.” The newly commissioned work by local composer Griffin Candey will premiere as part of the Marquette Choral Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Reynolds Recital Hall.

Heideman’s poems, “The Nights Psalms” and “We Should Leave Some of This,” are part of the cantata. When composing, Candey selected those two poems from Heideman’s recent book “Psalms of the Early Anthropocene.” Candey used “Night Psalms” as the title and the controlling image of the cantata. Using poetic narratives, the cantata connects with the local landscape and environmental concerns.

“These poems paint a picture of awounded yet resilient landscape: the Yellow Dog Plains of northern Marquette County,” said Heideman.… Read the rest

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