Breitung firefighters permitted to work for IM

QUINNESEC — Breitung Township volunteer firefighters now have the opportunity to seek part-time employment with the Iron Mountain Fire Department after the township board reached an agreement this week with IMFD.

Although the township cannot dictate what its firefighters do for employment while off-duty, it can restrict the use of their township-owned equipment, Township Superintendent John Gaudette explained in his memo to the board.

“The turnout gear, approximately $2,000 per set, is individualized for each person, so having multiple sets can be an expensive proposition,” Gaudette said.

Ed Mattson, Iron Mountain director of police and fire services, proposed IMFD could rent the township’s turnout gear at a rate of $95 a year per firefighter. In addition, IMFD will repair or replace any township turnout gear damaged while township firefighters are working for the city, Mattson said in a letter to the board.

In response to township concerns, Mattson said he would make an effort to not schedule more than one Breitung firefighter for the same IMFD shift.

Breitung firefighters also could request to be released from their IMFD shift if a township fire call comes in, Mattson said.

This already is standard practice for part-time IMFD firefighters who volunteer at other area departments.

In other business, the board:

— Contributed $5,000 to the Lake Antoine Association for Eurasian watermilfoil treatment.

In a letter to the board, the association said it intends to treat all 5.8 acres of milfoil in the lake with the herbicide Navigate 2,4-D. A 2016 survey revealed milfoil in the lake was down to 5.8 acres from 10.9 acres the year before, according to the letter.

— Contributed $2,000 to the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools’ annual summer recreation program.

— Agreed to apply for a Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission “Prosperous Places” grant to support the Christmas in Quinnesec project started last year. Grant requests may be in any amount between $500 and $5,000, and require a local match.

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