IM council delays car lot permit over site plan

IRON MOUNTAIN — The owner of a North Side auto repair business who wants to add used car sales will have to provide a proper site plan to qualify for a special use permit, city officials said.

The Iron Mountain City Council delayed action on Alan Arcand’s application Monday for three weeks, until its next meeting, to develop such a plan.

All used car lots require a special use permit under the city’s zoning ordinance.

The Planning Commission had listed several stipulations Arcand, whose business is at 1330 N. Stephenson Ave., must follow to receive the permit.

Joe Bottesi, who lives at 309 Vulcan St. just behind Arcand’s business, told the council 39 cars already are stored around that area and he wanted to know what kind of timeline Arcand will have to get rid of them.

“It’s an eyesore and near the highway. I want to see it kept up and cleaned up over there,” Bottesi said. He also sent his comments to the Planning Commission.

Elwood Anderson, owner of 1300 N. Stephenson Ave. adjacent to Arcand’s property, had submitted concerns as well.

Along with getting the permit, Steve Mulka, the city’s zoning/code enforcement supervisor, had listed the lot should be limited to 8 to 10 vehicles rather than the 12 to 13 Arcand sought; a privacy fence installed to buffer the business to the west near Bottesi’s property; outside storage of parts and tires be restricted; the parking area be paved within a year; adequate snow storage space be available on site; and all landscaped areas be maintained.

City Manager Jordan Stanchina said the site plan Arcand submitted to the city Monday doesn’t satisfy the zoning ordinance.

“There are a lot of issues with this site plan — issues that Mulka went over with him (Arcand) on Friday and only one or two are fixed here,” Stanchina said.

Arcand asked what the problems were with the site plan, adding the three-week delay until the next council meeting was a concern.

Stanchina said that the plan doesn’t show any dimensions for parking and other areas such as proper setbacks and the size of a small enclosure in the back of the building for storing scrap metal, tires and waste oil, which was another stipulation for the special use permit.

“What we need to see is a good, engineered drawing showing dimensions of what will be on this small lot. In all fairness, you need to make sure it’s all laid out on there with proper dimensions. It needs to be done right for us to approve it,” Mayor Dale Alessandrini said.

Council member Bill Revord said the site plan also has to have the size of the snow area included on it. “This council doesn’t want to make any rash decisions. We need all the correct information before acting on this.”

In other action, the council:

— Set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 on transferring the city’s deed on Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant site to the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Joint Sewage Authority. A similar motion was already approved by the other joint owner, the Kingsford City Council.

— Awarded the bid for the City Hall copier to Cooper Office Equipment of Iron Mountain for $5,499. Four bids were received for the new copier, which will replace an 11-year-old machine.

— Set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 to repeal a section of the zoning ordinance dealing with Medical Marijuana Provisional Centers. The ordinance has to be adjusted to meet state law, city officials noted. Any changes must be in place by Dec. 15.

— Agreed to have the city attorney draft a sales contract for city use of a 1988 John Deere 450 bulldozer the county airport is interested in purchasing. The sales price would be $15,000, and the city would be able to borrow it if needed. In addition, the city will also sell a Mack dump truck for $3,000 to the county airport.