EDITOR:The Iron Mountain City Council, the Iron Mountain Police Department, City Manager, Jordan Stanchina, and City Attorney, Gerry Pirkola, did great work on the modifications to the noise ordinance for our city. I know that I speak for not only my household, but also my neighborhood. The work of our leaders, and the increased police patrols, really made a great difference. They have greatly improved our quality of life.
Citizens also gave their input to help make the new ordinance benefit all who live, work, and do business in the city.
Let's ask our leaders to follow through on gaining a powerful tool to deal with "troubled" establishments. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission advises municipalities to publish a list of criteria to judge the performance of establishments, when they seek annual renewal of their liquor licenses. All licensed establishments apply to the city annually for the renewal of their liquor license.
Perhaps we could form a committee of citizens and establishment owners to suggest some such criteria? Then our city leaders deliberate on the final draft. Once published, owners of establishments will have a defined set of criteria, and the city will have a powerful tool to deal with problems.
The city can use these criteria to determine if they will ask that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to revoke, suspend, or non-renew the license of a problem establishment. Cities in Michigan use this tool to shut down establishments that cater to drug dealers, and other criminal elements. Our city should have this tool as well.
Let's keep working to give our city leaders more tools to deal with problems in the future.