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August 18, 2008
The Daily News

Electrical fire in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. - The Florence Fire Department responded to an electrical fire at a residence at 4683 Tall Pines Road in Florence County at approximately 7:20 a.m. Monday.

Crews had extinguished the fire by 8 a.m.

No further information is available at this time, as officials continue to investigate the incident.

Breitung board minutes posted

QUINNESEC - A synopsis of the regular Breitung Township Board meeting minutes for July 28, have been posted at the following locations: Breitung Township Hall, Quinnesec Fire Hall, Quinnesec Post Office, Kingsford Fire Hall, North Breitung Fire Hall and the website at

IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain Fire Department investigated a complaint on Cooks Street Sunday night.

A neighbor complained about smoke from a campfire on Cooks Street at 9:42 p.m. Sunday. The resident voluntarily put the fire out.

Scholarship checks can be picked up

IRON MOUNTAIN - All current scholarship recipients of Iron Mountain High School are required to secure their scholarship checks from Mel Laydon in the high school Guidance Center.

A current college grade transcript with your name, credits earned and GPA must also be brought in for review.

Checks can be picked up this week through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

If other arrangements need to be made, contact Laydon at the high school at 779-2610 or

IM police check moped problems

IRON MOUNTAIN - The Iron Mountain Police Department has had several problems lately involving mopeds being driven by young individuals.

Sgt. David Irwin, School Liaison Officer, offered the following list of rules and requirements regarding moped use.

A moped cannot be driven on the roadway without obtaining a moped endorsement. To get this endorsement, the driver must be at least 15 years old. Licenses for mopeds are issued at the Secretary of State office.

Mopeds are classified as a two or three wheeled vehicle which is equipped with a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeter piston displacement, produces 2.0 brake horsepower or less, and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface.

Many mopeds do not comply with these regulations and are technically considered to be motorcycles. Motorcycles require a different endorsement and a full driver's license.

The law also states that only one person can be on a moped at a time. It does not matter if the seat is larger and it has foot pegs for a passenger.

If an individual is found operating a moped without the proper endorsements from the Secretary of State, he or she will be issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle without a license. Additionally, the parent of the individual could be cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.

Councils, boards to meet this week

By The Daily News Staff

The Iron Mountain City Council will meet today at 6:30 p.m. in the council room of the city hall building, 501 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain.

New business includes appointment of a mayor-protem, discussion of Economic Development Committee, appointment of zoning administrator, discussion of the bike path with input requested from the planning board, approval of a 2.5 percent wage increase for police department civilian employees, discussion of the cable franchise fee, approval of compensation adjustment for acting city manager, discussion of the executive search for a city manager through the Michigan Municipal League and discussion of a city manager consultant.

The Kingsford City Council will meet today at 6:30 p.m. in the council room, located upstairs of the city hall building.

Old business on the agenda includes engineering proposals for the Breitung area storm sewer separation project, a proposed draft of the Kleinert Development agreement, and proposed draft of the Chris Moore purchase agreement.

A brief executive session is also planned to discuss land acquisition.

The Norway City Council will meet today at 7 p.m. in the council room, 915 Main St. in Norway.

The agenda includes the approval of the water line leak detection study, ATC Distribution-Transmission Interconnection Agreement, ATC project commitment agreement, Packerland Broadband Video and Data services, engineering services for Summit Road project, and city property purchase proposal from Joe LaFave.

The Florence School District Board of Education will meet today at 6:15 p.m. in the District Office of the Middle School in Room 402.

Old business includes revising the policy on interscholastic athletics, a discussion regarding the sale of Hillcrest, and revision of athletic participation fees disbursement.

Under new business, the board will consider school board member applications and naming the CESA 8 board of control representatives.

A closed session is planned to consider staffing/contracts/compensation for administrative staff and negotiations/collective bargaining for the Florence Education Association and AFSCME. Specific personnel matters will also be discussed in closed session.

The Breitung Township Board of Education will meet today at 7 p.m. in the board room of the administration building.

New business on the agenda includes a contract with Truckland Transportation, LLC; Thumb Educational Services Contract;

laptop computer bid award; resolution authorizing adoption of eligible deferred compensation plan; and 2008-2009 consortium agreement for Adult & Community Education.



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