By LISA M. HOFFMANN
NORWAY - Norway City Council on Monday approved paying membership dues to the Dickinson Area Partnership in the amount of $4,000.
The vote was passed in a three to two vote. Council members Mark Bubloni and Paul Hayes voted against the approval.
City Manager Ray Anderson said that the council wanted to approve $2,500, citing a disagreement with the formula which has the city paying the same membership rate as Iron Mountain and Kingsford as well as Breitung Township.
"The council as a whole was not pleased that this issue has not been given more attention by the DAP board since it was raised by the city over two years ago," Anderson said. "They all were concerned that there is not a contribution made by the general law townships, such as Sagola Township and only a $250 contribution from Norway Township. The feeling is that we all feel strongly that everyone in the county benefits from economic development issues."
Anderson added it was suggested that maybe this should be a county wide general tax as opposed to fees from the municipalities.
In other action, council:
- Heard about the latest update to the FERC mandated Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility Safety Plan during a committee of the whole meeting. Anderson said this is a new plan developed from an existing FERC rule that is now being implemented due to a number of earthen dam failures from the past few years (most notably the failure of a dam in Marquette).
- Approved moving forward with publication and notification to hold a public hearing on Dec. 17 to vacate the right-of-way between blocks 28 and 29 of Plat of Wendell's First Addition.
Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.