IM business may relocate to Kingsford

KINGSFORD — Kingsford City Council has agreed to suspend its first right of refusal agreement for the site of the former Marquette Medical Clinic on East Boulevard.

The council’s action could allow Nathan and Jennifer Raiche of Kingsford to purchase the 4.6-acre property and move the Form House printing business to the location.

Nathan Raiche said they purchased the Form House business but not the building, which is in Iron Mountain. He explained they plan to have the Kingsford property appraised in early December with hopes of closing on the property by the end of the year. Renovations are expected to take six weeks, so they anticipate a February opening.

He told the council he and his wife live in Kingsford and are Kingsford High School graduates.

The Marquette clinic opened in the late 1980s. It has sat vacant for a number of years.

In other business Nov. 15, the council:

— Referred a proposal on a land swap with the Breitung Township School District to the planning commission. According to City Manager Mike Stelmaszek, the school would like to acquire property adjacent to the school offices on Pyle Drive and adjacent to the practice field. The property is 1.3 acres. The school is offering two lots on Pyle Drive on their Woodland Elementary School property. The lots together total .71 acres in size.

— Hired CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) of Green Bay, Wis., as their auditing firm on a three-year contract with an option to cancel after the first year. They have a local office with Scott Sternhagen serving as representative. Stelmaszek said he spoke with the Iron Mountain city manager and they were happy with the company. The cost would be $19,500 for the first year and $20,000 and $20,500 each year after, respectively.

— Heard Stelmaszek report that seven deer have been taken so far in the city’s managed archery hunt.

— Were informed that 46 people voted in person among the 481 ballots cast in the Nov. 2 city council election.


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