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Baldinelli returns as mayor of Kingsford

DENNIS BALDINELLI

KINGSFORD — Dennis Baldinelli was chosen Monday as the new mayor of Kingsford.

At the city council’s annual reorganizational meeting, Baldinelli edged council member Michael Flaminio, 3-2. Baldinelli has served several previous one-year terms as mayor, most recently in 2013-14.

He succeeds Tony Erickson, who did not seek re-election.

Flaminio was named mayor pro tem.

In other business, the council:

— Approved an ordinance to create a Commercial Rehabilitation District at 900 W. Breitung Ave. Property owner Brad Staedt of RR Downtown LLC of Iron Mountain plans to turn the main office building into 30 apartments and the engineering building into a banquet hall. The property, which formerly housed Oldenburg/Lake Shore Inc. has been vacant for about eight years after Oldenburg moved to a new facility at 2141 Woodwood Ave. in Kingsford.

— Will allow the city manager and public works director to create specs for a plow for an existing city truck and a utility vehicle for the water department. Both were in the budget. City Manager Anthony Edlebeck said the city truck mainly has been used for salting and spraying but will now be a main plowing unit.

— Will have Edlebeck and public works director create a list of surplus property to be sold. The completed list will be brought before the council for final approval.

— Agreed to send the deputy clerk to the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Institute training on March 15-20 in Mount Pleasant. It is the second of a three-year program.

— Learned nine deer have been harvested so far in the city deer hunt.

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