3 appointed to county brownfield authority

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Board voted Tuesday to appoint three persons to the county’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

Marquette County Clerk Linda Talsma said in a memo to the board the authority had three vacancies for 3-year terms that expire July 31, 2017. One vacancy is for a county commissioner, another for a county planning commission representative and the third for a local government representative.

Talsma recommended re-appointing authority members Commissioner Paul Arsenault as the county board representative and Michelle Jarvie-Eggart as the county planning commission representative.

For the local government representative position, the vacancy was advertised resulting in two candidates applying for the post: Negaunee Township Supervisor William Carlson and Ishpeming City Manager-Clerk Mark Slown. After a roll call ballot, Carlson was unanimously appointed to the position.

The authority has eight members who represent various categories, including the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation, Marquette County Planning Commission, economic-property developer, local government, real estate, engineering-construction, county treasurer and county commissioner.

According to a description provided by the county, the intent of the authority is to facilitate implementation of brownfield plans relative to designation and treatment of qualified brownfield redevelopment projects, educate the public and promote the benefits of the brownfield program throughout the county to encourage revitalization of environmentally distressed areas, determine the captured taxable value of each parcel of eligible property and pursue avenues to sustain, supplement or enhance the program either through grants or other means.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.