City of Ishpeming Special Council Meeting March 26th

March 23, 2019

Ishpeming, MI – The City of Ishpeming will hold a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th at 4:00 pm. Please see the agenda pictured below.

Michigan Cottage Food Law Training

March 23, 2019

Escanaba, MI – Michigan Cottage Food Law Training will take place on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6-8 pm at the MSU Extension Office in Escanaba, MI.

Learn how to prepare and sell foods to the public under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. This two-hour workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Michigan Cottage Food Law allows residents to manufacture foods in home kitchens and store those products at home. MSU Extension will be working with the MSU Product Center to cover the business aspects of the Cottage Food Law. Topics include preparing, packaging, labeling, storing, marketing, financial processes and transporting of cottage foods.

For more information and to register, contact Parker Jones (614-893- 6191 / jonesp28@msu.edu) or Stephanie Ostrenga (906-786-3032 / ostrenga@msu.edu). Please register by Monday, April 1st, 2019.

Cost of the workshop is $20.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods.

NMU Pow Wow March 30th

March 23, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Native American Student Association at Northern Michigan University will present the “Learning to Walk Together” traditional pow wow. The event will be held on Saturday, March 30th in the Marquette National Guard Armory. General admission is $5; NMU students are admitted free with ID. Elders and children under 10 are free.

Doors open at 11 am EST, with grand entries at noon and 6 pm. The pow wow feast will take place from 4-6 pm at the NMU Jacobetti Complex.

The pow wow will begin with the grand entry and the flag song, followed by the veterans’ honor song. All veterans–male and female and Native and non-Native–are honored this way.

The emcee will provide information on the following dances: male and female traditional dances; jingle dress and grass dance; and male and female fancy dance. Social dances such as inter-tribal, round dance and two-step will also be featured and the audience is invited to participate. Artisan and vendor booths will provide a variety of craft items, reference materials and food.

More information is available on the NMU Center for Native American Studies website at nmu.edu/cnas.

Reduced Shakespeare Company to Perform at Rozsa Center

March 23, 2019

Houghton, MI – The Reduced Shakespeare Company will perform at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, March 30th at 7:30 pm. Learn more about this comedic Shakespearean romp, visit the event website.

NMU Launches New Ticketing System

March 23, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University will launch a new online ticketing system for athletic, theater, music and community events on Monday, April 1. The shift to University Tickets software will simplify and enhance the user experience through upgraded technology. It includes the following features: electronic ticket delivery; a “handoff” feature for texting a ticket to someone else if the purchaser can’t attend; views from seating sections in each venue; and options to add events to personal calendars and share on social media. The hope is that this modernized system will reduce paper tickets and box office traffic, particularly for high-demand events such as hockey playoffs.

“The landing page has a very appealing look to it,” said Robin Burke, associate director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Rec Sports. “One of our main goals was to simplify the process and offer a frictionless online experience with fewer clicks to complete a purchase. You simply select the event and desired seats, put it in your cart and everything appears in one place on the checkout screen, where you can see your order and verify the payment method. It’s very similar to the major brands’ online shopping and reservation systems. We’re hoping that this will change the mindset of those who were reluctant to buy tickets online before.”

Season ticket holders will be able to renew their seats and get playoff tickets online. The new software will also benefit community organizations such as Superior Arts Youth Theatre and the Marquette Symphony, which contract with NMU to sell tickets to their events.

“The site remains tickets.nmu.edu,” Burke said. “We’ll be sending out an instructional mailer for how to set up a new account. It’s very easy. You just provide your email, create a password and you’re in. We’ll also have a customer service station at athletic events next season to walk fans through setting up accounts and making purchases. We’ll show them how easy it is to get tickets on their mobile devices that can be scanned at the door.”

Burke said tickets already purchased for events happening after the April 1 launch date will be honored and replacements won’t be necessary.

Traffic Alert in City of Negaunee

March 23, 2019

Negaunee, MI – Traffic alert: Extensive pothole damage to Brown Ave. & Teal Lake Ave. Drivers traveling through those areas should expect narrow lanes with potholes, the work is weather dependent as ice, frost and water are the main issue which makes patching unfeasible at this time. It may take up to two weeks to complete until the extensive pothole damage can be patched. We will be checking daily and repair what we can at that time.

The City asks motorists to drive cautiously in the areas and use an alternate route if possible.

Negaunee Rental Ordinance 2019

March 23, 2019

Negaunee, MI – The City of Negaunee is announcing the adoption of the 2019 Negaunee Rental Ordinance at their March meeting. According to City Manager Nate Heffron, “The ordinance is aimed at establishing standards that provide for the maintenance of sanitary and safe residential rental structures and for improving rental properties within the city.”

This code will be used as a tool that effectively sets maintenance standards for residential rentals based on health, safety, and welfare. According to Heffron, the full code will not go into effect for one year, with the exception a provision that allows for landlords to waive their registration fee of their properties after adoption within the first six months, if registered.

The Planning and Zoning Department estimates he number of units around 270 units city-wide. According to David Nelson the Negaunee Planning and Zoning Administrator “The code calls for a three-year cycle that will inspect one-third of rentals each year (Approx. 90 units per year).” Mr. Nelson explained that this would allow for an appropriate workload for his department without having to hire on new employees, while still meeting the mandates of the ordinance.” Additionally, the initial fee for registration when paid will last for three years. Each inspection is estimated to last around one hour per unit. “Once we have the registered units list, we will be placing these units in a lottery system to determine who will be inspected first and who will be inspected last”, Heffron said.

According to the code the following areas will be inspected that pertain to health, safety, and welfare of the occupants:

Section 4: Minimum standards for basic equipment and facilities: Access to sink, restroom, bathing facilities, hot water, proper connections of water and sanitary sewer facilities, and Compliance of the Fair Housing Act.

Section 5: Minimum standards for light, ventilation and heating: Bedroom requiring one window, proper venation, proper heating, electrical and lighting facilities.

Section 6: Minimum maintenance Standards: proper roof drainage and roof maintenance, emergency identification, properly maintained walls, foundations, handrails, floor surfaces, plumbing fixtures, doors, and windows.

Section 7: Minimum space, use, and locations: provides for ceiling heights, prohibits use of cellar or basement as a bedroom unless specific conditions are met.

Section 8: Minimum standards and requirement for short-term rentals, bed and breakfasts inns and bed and breakfast establishments: provides for specific standards and regulation of these facilities concerning parking, occupancy, and egress.

Section 9: Provides provisions for fire safety such as number of exits, fire extinguishers, smoke detection devices, accumulation of materials or waste, and carbon monoxide detection devices.
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.

Landlords will have the right to appeal decisions made by the code official through the Zoning Board of Appeals. “Our goal is to work one-on-one with landlords, we have no desire to issues fines, we will help them navigate this ordinance as much as possible. However, we have a duty to protect the residents of Negaunee and our residents are entitled to have a safe and healthy place to live. Waiting for something terrible to happen is not an acceptable strategy”, City Manager Heffron said.

Registration forms for rentals can be obtained at the City Utilities Office or found on the City’s website under the Planning and Zoning page. In addition, the city will attempt to contact property owners to help register as many rentals as possible before the six-month free registration period occurs on September 14, 2019.

A copy of this document 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 Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.

Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference March 30th

March 23, 2019

Marquette, MI – The 2nd Annual Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference is dedicated to the special challenges of keeping bees in Northern climates. Designed specifically for fellow beekeepers, this educationally packed day includes practical beekeeping information from keynote speaker, Mike Conner, as well as various breakout sessions. Vendors will also be on site to meet the beekeeping equipment needs of attendees. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Simply Superior at Northern Michigan University.

The conference will take place at the Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University on Saturday, March 30th beginning at 8:00 am. Registration is open now.

For more information, please visit Facebook or Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference.

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