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Iron Mountain to acquire used plow truck

IRON MOUNTAIN — The city will purchase a used plow truck for $61,900 from a Wisconsin dealer, providing a spare in the event of a winter breakdown.

The cost is more than what was budgeted, but Iron Mountain Public Works Supervisor Scott Thomas said the 2009 International has been very well maintained.

The vehicle from Mid-State Truck Service Inc. of Marshfield has a rear wing plow, which the city had specified in seeking bids. The specification may make it possible to plow a route with one truck instead of two, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said.

The city council approved the acquisition Monday.

In other action, the Iron Mountain council:

— Increased election inspectors’ pay to $13 an hour and $15 an hour for the chairman. The former rate was $9.72 an hour plus a $12.50 food stipend per seven-hour shift and a $30 bonus for the chairman. The food stipend and bonus now will be discontinued. The resulting increase will cost the city $1.61 an hour overall, increasing the cost for a typical election by about $450, said Isaac Micheau, clerk-treasurer.

— Heard Stanchina report new security cameras are operating at city buildings, including public works, where the main focus is illegal dumping at the compost site. A $3,000 Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority grant covered part of the cost.

— Set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 7 on a request from U.P. Auto Sales to vacate a portion of the 500 block of Chapin Street to provide additional space for vehicles. The city would continue to have access to a sewer main running down the center of the right-of-way.

— Awarded a contract for winter street sand to the low bidder, Morin Excavating of Niagara, Wis., at $5.73 per ton for 2,000 tons, provided it meets specifications.

— Noted a public engagement meeting on the city’s master plan is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Izzo-Mariucci Center.

— Heard council member Juan Saldana suggest an Hispanic heritage celebration as part of the city’s lineup of events.

— Approved payment of $1,525 in annual dues to the Escanaba-based Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission. CUPPAD provides assistance on grant proposals and strategic planning, among other services.

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