Kingsford looks to get rid of grass fire truck

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council has decided to get rid of an aging truck designed for use against grass fires.

More than 30 years old, the truck hasn’t been used in a long time and is taking up space needed for other equipment. Public Safety Director Brandon Rutter said after quite a few discussions, they concluded they have better options for fighting grass fires and zero confidence in the vehicle.

The pump will be removed and put up for sale on the Wisconsin auction site. The truck will be returned to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

In other business, the council Monday:

— Set a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 18, on a zoning variance. A former dance company building is slated to be converted into assisted living for disabled adults.

— Learned the new locker room and bathroom for female officers at the public safety department has been completed. The locker room can accommodate up to three female officers. The department currently has one female officer.

— Learned the city received a MCOLES Public Safety Academy Assistant Program grant for Joshua Peterson to attend the Oakland Community College Police Academy. The $24,000 grant covers all but about $1,300 of the costs. Peterson is on track to graduate May 23, Rutter said in a memo to the council.

— Approved having Stelmaszek and Tanya Hiltonen, deputy clerk/elections, attend the U.P. Labor Management Council conference at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris. It is a one-day event at $85 per person.

— Approved the annual $2,000 donation to the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools summer youth program.

— Heard the city is devising a new collection day map, which will help with the annual blight report.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper? *

Starting at $2.99/week.

Subscribe Today