Negaunee City Council Meeting on January 10th

January 5, 2019

Negaunee, MI – The Negaunee City Council will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00 pm at the Negaunee Senior Center. The agenda is pictured below.

Workshop to Get on the PATH to Better Health in Newberry

January 5, 2019

Newberry, MI – Do you live with health problems? Would you like to feel better? Would you like to feel less frustrated and more in control of your health? PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is a six week program that teaches practical skills for living a healthy life with a chronic health condition like diabetes, lung disease, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, or heart disease. Topics include healthy eating, physical activity, managing medications, communication skills, fall prevention, and much more. People who have attended this six session program feel better, are less limited by their health problems, and spend less time at the doctor or in the hospital.

The class will meet on Wednesday afternoons at the Community Action in Newberry from 1:00-3:30 p.m. beginning on January 23rd and ending on February 27th. There is no cost to attend.

Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required.

To register, call 1-800-338-7227 or dial 2-1-1. The program is administered by UPCAP with support from Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency and community volunteers. For more information, please visit www.upcap.org/events.

Ishpeming City Council Meeting January 9th

January 5, 2019

Ishpeming, MI – The Ishpeming City Council will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm at City Hall. The agenda is pictured below.

Second Thursday Creativity Series at Children’s Museum

January 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s Second Thursday Creativity Series will be on Thursday, January 10th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The theme is “Princesses and Pirates” Join us for crafts, creative snacks, live music and a FREE Culver’s custard sundae bar with 10 toppings!
Free with admission or membership.

Reorganizational MAPS Board Meeting

January 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – A Reorganizational Marquette Area Public Schools Board Meeting will be held on Monday, January 7th at 5:30 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library. The agenda for the meeting is below.

Ice Safety Equipment No Longer Available

January 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – Due to community response, Ice Safety Kit supplies have been exhausted and are no longer available at the Marquette City Fire Department.

Again, we thank the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for the generous grant, which allowed us to provide approximately 390 Ice Safety Kits to local residents from 2017 to 2019. The Marquette City Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors of Marquette to stay safe on Lake Superior this winter and recommend that they carry ice safety equipment such as self-rescue ice picks and whistle. 

City of Negaunee Property Maintenance Code 2018

January 5, 2019

Negaunee, MI – The City of Negaunee is announcing the adoption of the 2018 Negaunee Property Maintenance Code at their December meeting. According to City Manger Nate Heffron, the ordinance is aimed at eliminating and deterring blight. 

More commonly known as the PMC, this code is used as a tool that effectively sets maintenance standards for buildings and property conditions. Negaunee’s PMC will focus on commercial, industrial, and rental homes properties for blight elimination, residential homes are not included under this ordinance. Heffron says that the city will not be enforcing this code until later this year due to the policies and procedures that need to be established that will help guide and administer the program.

The Planning and Zoning Administrator will administer this program and will receive training in inspection techniques and education. Several programs are offered under the International Codes Council may be used for this training and certification. 

When asked how all of this will work Heffron replied, “We wanted to have a community approach to solving the blight problem in Negaunee; we did this by first creating an advisory committee of non-elected individuals to help mold this ordinance. We are continuing this approach by creating a Diversionary Team”. According to the PMC, the Diversionary Team is a group of five members from the general public that will work with property owners on longer projects to eliminate blight. Heffron says “A non-compliant property owner will receive a letter indicating their violations. The property owner will then have 120 days to become compliant. If the list of violations requires more than 120 days to complete the property owner will be encouraged to seek relief from the Diversionary Team. The team will work with the property owner to determine an approximate timeframe to abate all the violations on their list“. Heffron further explains that “Legitimately a property owner could say several years, however, the team will not allow for that long of a timeframe because it’s too open-ended. Instead, the team will negotiate with the property owner to work on several of the items on their list and give them a timeframe to complete, basically whittling down their list”. According to Heffron, upon completion of negotiated items the owner will perceivable be granted additional time to complete other items on their list, this will be repeated until no violations exist.  The City will soon be seeking out individuals that would like to serve on this team.

As for fines and fees, Heffron says that city does have mechanisms within the PMC to collect fines and fees, but only in the case where property owners do not comply with the ordinance. “We are not interested in collecting fines or fees, we are interested in working with property owners to eliminate blight”, Heffron stated.

A copy of the PMC can be viewed online at www.cityofnegaunee.com, or at the Negaunee Public Library. Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.

2018-19 Non-resident Schools of Choice for Second Semester

January 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – In accordance with Section 105 Schools of Choice in Public Act 300, Marquette Area Public Schools announces 9-12th grade openings for the 2ndsemester 2018-19 as follows:

Marquette Alternative High School   Openings in 9th – 12th

Marquette Senior High School          Openings in 9th – 12th

Applications may be obtained at the above school buildings or online at http://www.mapsnet.org/QuickLinks/SchoolofChoice.aspx.  Applications will be accepted Friday, January 4, 2019 through Friday, January 18, 2019.  Enrollment deadline for students admitted is Friday, January 25, 2019.

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