Ishpeming City Council approves 2014 budget

ISHPEMING – After holding a public hearing Wednesday on the 2014 budget – at which no members of the public were present to offer their input – the Ishpeming City Council unanimously approved the city’s budget for 2014.

Ishpeming City Manager Mark Slown said the “place-holding budget” was “precariously balanced,” with a revenue of about $3.4 million and expenditures of approximately $3.2 million.

Additionally, the council approved the city’s millage rates for the upcoming year, with the operating fund and public improvement fund millages staying the same and the Public Act 345 Pension Plan millage being increased from .8960 mills to approximately 2.1 mills.

In other action, the council:

– Approved a motion to revise part of Snow Trail No. 82.

– Approved a motion to release its interest in the Country Lanes and Banquet Center, so that the sale of the bowling alley and conference hall to Clay Sandberg can be completed with a clear title on the property. The property was one of three Country Village businesses committed as collateral on a second mortgage.

Due to the relatively small amount left on the loan and the still-extant mortgage on the two other properties, City Attorney David Savu said that the city would not be “losing much in the way of our secured position.” The council’s approval is contingent on the property taxes currently owed on the bowling alley being paid in full.

– Approved the installation by the Marquette County Conservation District of a “boot brush education station” in Ishpeming. Kangas said he believes the MCCD wants to install the station near the public parking lot on Seventh Street used for walkers of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The boot brush will be one of three new stations in Marquette County to educate people on the species of invasive spores and seeds that can spread by “hitchhiking” on their footwear, bringing the county total to six stations.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.