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Kingsford opts out of allowing recreational marijuana businesses

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council on Monday approved an ordinance banning recreational marijuana establishments in the city.

Mayor Anthony Erickson said he originally was against the measure, introduced at the Sept. 3 meeting by council member Joe Groeneveld, but came to realize it gives the city more control.

“We can do it on our own terms,” he said.

The state allows municipalities to choose whether to opt out of having such establishments. If no action is taken, they can be permitted under state regulations.

Groeneveld said if the public wants such businesses in the future, the council can change the ordinance.

The council also:

— Agreed to pay Okler Roofing in Kingsford $3,200 to repair the public works building’s leaking roof. City Manager Anthony Edlebeck said this would give the roof another four to five years and allow more time to develop a capital plan to replace the entire roof.

— Approved a service dog agreement for Melissa Nicholls to have two pit bulls in the city. Because pit bulls are banned in Kingsford, a waiver/exception must be approved and the certain conditions must be met. The dogs must be securely confined at home in an outdoor enclosure that has an attached top and bottom. When not at home, they must be leased and muzzled.

— Learned from Edlebeck that Bacco Construction of Iron Mountain will return in early October to complete paving portions of Woodward Avenue.

— Granted an application for fireworks at a Kingsford High School home football game Oct. 11. The school traditionally has had a light show and fireworks at the final regular season game.

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