City commission sets priorities

MARQUETTE – The Marquette City Commission has decided its strategic priorities will be infrastructure, economic development and relationships, which it will use as it makes plans for 2014.

The commission adopted a priority list Tuesday following a series of work sessions.

Although infrastructure, economic development and relationships top the list, truck routes, Cliffs Dow and the Heartwood Forestland are high on the priority list, as well.

Commissioner Jason Schneider said he enjoyed the “robust” discussions that preceded the Tuesday meeting.

“I hope it gives the future commission and staff an idea of how to move forward in 2014,” Schneider said.

Commissioner Sara Cambensy said establishing priorities is important for the commission.

“I think it allows the community to see everything we have on our plate and everything we’re working on,” she said.

“All those issues are ongoing issues,” Commissioner Mike Coyne said.

Coyne also said people running for a seat on the commission now know its priorities.

“It also helps the people who get elected know what we’re thinking of,” Coyne said.

Included in the list under the infrastructure category on the priority list are bike path maintenance, infrastructure replacement and a rail system.

Economic development priorities include the Next Michigan Zone, which carries a special tax-development incentive status, and the SmartZone, a designation given to stimulate growth in high-tech businesses.

The commission’s priorities regarding relationships are intergovernmental, Board of Light and Power, Marquette General Hospital, Northern Michigan University and WE Energies/Wolverine Pipe Line Company.

The full list of commission priorities can be found under the city government agenda section on the city website at

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