Kingsford moves to limit RV parking

KINGSFORD — Street parking of recreational vehicles, campers, boats and trailers will be more tightly regulated under a new ordinance being reviewed in Kingsford.

The ordinance, introduced Monday, would limit parking to 48 hours without special permission, although the city council may yet make adjustments. A final version likely will be proposed no earlier than Nov. 20.

“I’d like to wait a month to see what feedback we get,” council member Dennis Baldinelli said.

Council member Michael Flaminio, meanwhile, suggested a 72-hour limit. Currently, RVs and campers may be parked indefinitely during non-winter months.

The ordinance was drafted by City Attorney Bruce Brouillette, with input from the Kingsford Planning Commission. It is similar in many respects to one already in place in Iron Mountain.

According to City Manager Tony Edlebeck, complaints have come in about RVs parked long-term that obstruct vision and crowd traffic lanes.

The ordinance also addresses the open storage of RVs, campers and recreational equipment on private property. That practice now is allowed under a permit process that would be simplified. Storage that obstructs clear vision at intersections or that is considered blight would not be allowed.

In other action, the council:

— Adopted a policy to accept credit card payments, both online and at City Hall. “This is something the city staff has wanted to do for some time,” Edlebeck said. The city will impose no extra fee but will pass along any processing fees.

— Learned fall compost collections have been completed, except for leaves, since many have yet to drop. Residents should pile loose leaves behind the curb, as leaves in the street will create problems if it snows before they’re collected. “The equipment we have reaches out to the sidewalk,” Edlebeck noted.

— Approved the sale of a 50-foot city lot at Breen Avenue and Balsam Street for $3,500 to the adjoining owner, Maximum Muscle Inc., which will add a storage and repair building to its fitness business.

— Accepted a bid of $11,850 from U.P. Engineers & Architects of Iron Mountain to provide engineering services for a 2018 paving project on Woodward Avenue. The other bidders were Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain, $18,300; and GEI Consultants of Iron Mountain, $24,891.

— Received bids for road gravel and winter sand, accepting the low offer from Midwest Gravel Inc. of Kingsford at $8.25 per ton for 450 tons of gravel, or $3,713, and $4.90 per ton for 200 tons of sand, or $980. Morin Excavating of Niagara, Wis., submitted bids of $8.99 per ton for gravel and $5.25 per ton for sand.

— Received bids of $2,965 from B & B Electric and $5,890 from Brooks Electric of Iron Mountain to replace exterior lighting at the public safety building. B & B’s bid will be accepted, provided it meets specifications.

— Noted that Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain has completed street paving work in the city and should wrap up alley projects this week.