Breitung divides up railroad right-of-way

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board on Monday decided to transfer township property on an abandoned railroad right-of-way in Quinnesec to the three adjacent landowners.

The 100-foot-wide property north of U.S. 2 and behind 41 Lumber and Town & Country Sales will be divided up between Robert and Dennis White, Town & Country Sales and Keweenaw Land Association, Township Superintendent John Gaudette said.

The board agreed the township has no use for the property.

In other business, the board:

— Went into closed session to discuss a confidential, written legal opinion regarding township personnel and employee compensation issues. The board then appointed Gaudette and Trustee David Soderbloom to a committee to work on personnel and employee compensation issues.

— Approved a three-year extension with Gabridge & Co. of Grand Rapids, Mich., for auditing services. Costs are $10,250 for 2018, $10,450 for 2019, and $10,650 for 2020. The township has worked with the company since 2015.

— Appointed Aaron Rochon to the trustee position and Linda Lieburn to the at-large position on the township’s planning commission.

— Hired Thomas Maynard as a probationary firefighter at the Breitung Township Fire Department’s Station 1: Quinnesec.