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IM’s DDA plans evening outdoor concert Aug. 20

IRON MOUNTAIN — An evening outdoor concert is planned Aug. 20, part of the Downtown Development Authority’s Third Thursday promotion that encourages businesses to stay open late one night a month.

The city council on Monday approved closing the parking lot east of the downtown performance stage for a concert scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is contingent on COVID-19 guidelines, said Amber Pipp, DDA program director. It will be conducted in the same way as the weekly summer Out to Lunch concerts and social distancing will be required.

Details on the performance will be announced by the DDA closer to the concert date.

In other action, the Iron Mountain council:

— Approved a full-time administrative assistant in the police department. Previously, the department had two assistants at 35 hours per week, but there is currently only one, said City Manager Jordan Stanchina. Because an employee at 35 hours per week is already eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the only status change at 40 hours will be pension benefits. The current wage rate is $15.17 per hour.

— Heard council member Robert Schinderle share concerns from residents about high water levels at Crystal Lake, along with street flooding in west areas of the city. Stanchina and Public Works Director Scott Thomas said they will continue to investigate, but with unprecedented heavy precipitation the past several years there appears to be no affordable solution.

— Agreed to participate in a water assistance relief program being implemented in Michigan, provided the city isn’t forced to reduce its water or sewer fund revenues. Customer criteria for the program is pending from the state, Stanchina said.

— Received a bid of $32,6000 from M.J. Electric of Iron Mountain for a well upgrade that includes a pump and valve replacement. The budget was $30,000. The council accepted the bid, provided it meets specifications.

— Pending inspection of the model, accepted the low bid of $6,995 from Road Machinery & Supplies Co. of Negaunee for a new plate compactor. The only other bidder was Midway Rentals & Sales, also of Negaunee, at $8,136. The budget was $9,000.

— Approved the purchase of 1,300 feet of fire hose from Pomasl Fire Equipment of Antigo, Wis., for $5,179. Several other quotes were solicited. Much of the hose being replaced is upwards of 30 years old and may now be used by the Department of Public Works, said Ed Mattson, director of police and fire services. This year, $5,000 was budgeted as part of a two-year replacement plan.

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