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Kingsford seeks grant for Lodal Park improvements

KINGSFORD — A grant application has again been submitted to replace playground equipment and install pickleball courts at Lodal Park.

The city of Kingsford is seeking a Michigan Recreation Passport Grant of $135,000, which requires a $45,000 local match, said City Manager Anthony Edlebeck.

Plans include renovating an existing asphalt paved area to accommodate four pickleball courts. A previous application was denied and Edlebeck said one thing working against the city is that it already has numerous parks.

Grant notifications are usually announced in December.

In other action Sept. 21, the city council:

— Learned the city has applied for $19,000 through the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program and is awaiting notice of approval. This allows for payments of $1,000 to eligible employees. Also, the city received $141,806 from its application for the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Grant program. This amount reflects 50% of the wages and benefits expended for public safety for the months of April and May, Edlebeck said.

— Learned that, in place of a revenue sharing payment, the city received $36,113 from the state in Coronavirus Relief Local Government Grant funds. This money is restricted to federal guidelines, which may be different than their intended use in the general fund budget.

— Directed Edlebeck to contact the original surveyor of property the city plans to offer for sale on North Pyle Drive to obtain copies of the survey and legal description. The city plans to develop the 5.47 acres into seven single-family residential lots for houses of at least 1,450 square feet. The lots will average 0.7 acres. The original survey was done in 1980s by Robert F Perkins Surveyor of Iron Mountain.

— Approved the sale of a 125-by-180-feet lot on Evergreen Court to RZ Real Estate LLC of Kingsford for $9,000. RZ plans to purchase one lot now, with the right of first refusal over the next 10 years on the next nine additional lots in line.

— Approved the purchase of a one-ton 4 x 4 dump truck from the low bidder provided it meets specifications. Bids were received from Edwards Chevrolet in Iron Mountain for $45,527; Town & Country in Quinnesec for $47,638; and Florence Motor Sales in Florence, Wis., for $45,140.

— Heard from Edlebeck the city’s five-year recreation plan needs updating by February. It will be sent to the citizens’ advisory committee for review and suggestions.

— Approved painting a 2-foot line across the lane by the stop signs at the intersection of Lawrence Street and Breen Avenue to direct drivers’ attention to the stop signs. There have been complaints about drivers going through the intersection. At the council’s request, Public Safety Director Brian Metras sent officers to the intersection to investigate but they didn’t see any traffic violations, he said. In the past, other problem intersections have been dealt with in the same manner, Edlebeck said. Board member Joe Groeneveld asked about putting lights on the signs, but Edlebeck said they are attractive to vandals and could be expensive to replace.

— Will have the city zoning committee look at zoning for shipping containers used for storage on private property within the city limits.

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