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Marquette County Recreation Plan Update – County Wide Recreation Survey

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April 26, 2024

Re: Marquette County Recreation Plan 2025-2029

Marquette County Planning Division is beginning the process of updating the County Recreation Plan; these plans are updated every five years in order to maintain eligibility for various grant programs. Part of the process includes performing a countywide survey of recreation interests to assess recreation needs.

To participate in the County-wide survey click the link:  (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2PX9TSN)

The survey will close on June 30, 2024.

 

 

EGLE Finding of No Significant Impact: DWSRF Project-Water Main and Lead Service Line Replacement

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Click the link below to view the Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of 30-day public comment period for the City of Ishpeming Water Main and Lead Service Line Replacement Project.

2024-04-29_City of Ishpeming EA_7708_Ishpeming

 

Construction to Begin on $16 Million Ishpeming Sewer Infrastructure Project

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Ishpeming, Mich., April 18, 2024 – The City of Ishpeming today announced construction is scheduled to begin on April 22, 2024 on a more than $16 million sewer infrastructure project. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) project construction will begin near the Marquette County Road Commission at the corner of North Second Avenue and Ash Street. Work will proceed to Ash Street, Hickory Street and Hemlock Street. Construction in these areas is anticipated to last 3-4 weeks.  

Residents should expect disruptions to traffic patterns during construction activities. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout construction.

The CWSRF project, first announced in September 2023, will include a combination of several components of the City Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure including sewer main replacement, installation of a redundant main and necessary upgrades to lift stations to provide a long-term solution to its aging infrastructure.

As work progresses, key updates will be provided. While not anticipated to last this long, the funding timeline allows for the total project to be completed no later than December 31, 2026. 

“This project will update critical infrastructure which is more than 70 years old. Improvements will address many challenges facing our community,” said Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini. “Updating this aged system will provide long-lasting, reliable new systems using the most up-to-date materials and technology. These improvements are expected to reduce unnecessary strain on the treatment plant systems often occurring during high water events.”

The project includes $8.025 million in grant funding through the American Rescue Plan and an $8.025 million municipal bond from EGLE through federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) funding.

The full scope of this project includes approximately 25,000 feet of sewer main being replaced or rehabilitated. To mitigate community impact, the City will require that any roads undergoing work are repaved before winter, as well as ensure contractors adhere to the City’s “dig once” policy, allowing any other necessary underground work to be performed parallel to prevent cutting through pavement and dirt multiple times. “Dig once” benefits include long-term cost savings, efficient use of resources and reduced burden on residents near a work site. 

This project should make meaningful progress on outstanding infrastructure needs, including:

  • Installation of new PVC pipe via open cut throughout the city
  • Reinforcing existing pipes located in wetlands, the Carp River and other sewers where open cut is impractical
  • Backup generators and pump replacements for all eight lift stations
  • A new, 30-inch diameter Carp River sewer crossing installed via directional drilling that will provide a redundant crossing, which is critical in times of high water and heavy flow

The City has enrolled two companies that are either headquartered or located locally to assist with this undertaking. The contractor for the project is Payne and Dolan, which has an office in Ishpeming, and the engineer is U.P. Engineers and Architects, which is based in Ishpeming.

About Ishpeming

Nestled in the heart of Marquette County, the City of Ishpeming is a spirited community of approximately 6,600 residents over 9.2 square miles. Rooted in a proud mining heritage and fueled by the ingenuity of its small businesses, Ishpeming embodies a deep sense of community commitment and care. Residents and visitors alike enjoy a wealth of opportunities for leisure and well-being, with trails and outdoor amenities to explore as the birthplace of organized skiing. To learn more about Ishpeming, visit https://ishpemingcity.org/

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Ishpeming City Manager Office Hours April Recap

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Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini held open office hours on April 11, 2024 at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library for residents to ask questions and have a floor for discussion.

There were about a dozen residents that shared feedback and discussed topics including happenings in the city, questions about the roundabout, strategy for economic development, snow plowing concerns, upcoming projects in the city, and more. 

If you were not able to attend on April 11, the details for the next City Manager Office Hours are as follows:

Wednesday, June 26 5:00pm-7:00pm
Ishpeming City Hall
Link to RSVP will be provided closer to the event date. Please check back.

 

Ishpeming Area Wastewater Treatment Authority: Notice of Project Plan -Public Meeting

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The Ishpeming Area Joint Wastewater Treatment Authority will hold a public meeting
for the purpose of receiving comments from interested persons on a proposed FY25
Clean Water Project. The meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. (local time) on April 22, 2024
at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, 700 Sunset Drive, Ishpeming, MI 49849, during
their monthly board meeting. The proposed project will include upgrades to the biosolids
treatment and ultimate disposal methods for sludge from the facility. The improvements
are necessary to control costs in addressing changing regulatory requirements. There
are no negative impacts expected with the proposed project. The estimated proposed
project cost is $3.8 million, which is to be funded through a low interest loan and potential
grant dollars.

Copies of the Project Plan detailing the proposed project are available for inspection at
the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Written comments received before the meeting is
closed on April 22, 2024, will be addressed in the final Project Plan. Written comments
should be sent to the Ishpeming Area Joint Wastewater Treatment Facility, Attn: Casey
Rose, 700 Sunset Drive, Ishpeming, MI 49849.

 

Ishpeming City Manager Open House April 11

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You are invited to attend open office hours with Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini.

Do you have questions about developments going on in the City of Ishpeming? Would you like to have your voice heard and share comments or concerns with city management?

Office Hours will take place once every two months in two distinct formats: a drop-in open house style and scheduled meetings for individuals with specific issues/concerns to RSVP for one-on-one conversation with Mr. Cugini.

Mark your calendars for the next open office hours event, an open-house occurring on:

Thursday, April 11
Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library, Ray Leverton Community Room
10am-12pm

For more information, view the Facebook Event at: https://fb.me/e/5phTJeXFt

No RSVP required, stop by and share your thoughts on the City of Ishpeming to join the discussion!

 

Notice to Taxpayers and Electors of the City and Users of the Water Supply System: Intent to Issue Revenue Bonds

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NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS AND ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF ISHPEMING
AND TO USERS OF THE CITY’S WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM
OF INTENT TO ISSUE REVENUE BONDS AND THE
RIGHT OF REFERENDUM RELATING THERETO

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Ishpeming, County of Marquette, State of Michigan (the “City”), intends to issue and sell revenue bonds pursuant to Act 94, Public Acts of Michigan, 1933, as amended, in one or more series, in a total amount not to exceed Fifteen Million Dollars ($15,000,000), for the purpose of paying all or part of the cost to acquire, construct, furnish and equip improvements to the City’s existing water supply system, including water main and lead service line replacements at various locations throughout the City and upgrades and improvements to the storage tank, together with all necessary interests in land, rights-of way, appurtenances and attachments thereto.

SOURCE OF PAYMENT OF REVENUE BONDS

THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE REVENUE BONDS SHALL BE PAYABLE from the revenues received by the City from the operations of the water supply system (the “System”).  The revenues will consist of rates and charges billed to the users of the System, a schedule of which is presently on file in the office of the City Clerk.  The rates and charges may from time to time be revised to provide sufficient revenues to provide for the expenses of operating and maintaining the System, to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds and to pay other obligations of the System.

BOND DETAILS

THE REVENUE BONDS will be payable in not more than forty (40) years from the date of issuance of each series of bonds and will bear interest at the rate or rates to be determined at public or private sale but in no event to exceed such rates as may be permitted by law on the unpaid balance from time to time remaining outstanding on said bonds.

ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF PAYMENTS FOR BONDS

SOLD TO MICHIGAN FINANCE AUTHORITY

IN THE EVENT THAT THE CITY DEEMS IT DESIRABLE TO SELL THE REVENUE BONDS TO THE MICHIGAN FINANCE AUTHORITY, THE CITY MAY ALSO PLEDGE ITS LIMITED TAX FULL FAITH AND CREDIT AS SECURITY FOR THE BONDS.  IN SUCH CASE, IF REVENUES OF THE SYSTEM ARE INSUFFICIENT TO PAY DEBT SERVICE AT ANY TIME, THEN TO PAY DEBT SERVICE THE CITY SHALL ADVANCE LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS INCLUDING, IF NECESSARY, FUNDS FROM THE LEVY OF TAXES UPON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY IN THE CITY, SUBJECT HOWEVER TO CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY AND CHARTER TAX RATE LIMITATIONS.  IN ADDITION, THE CITY MAY BE REQUIRED TO PLEDGE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS MONEY RECEIVED OR TO BE RECEIVED BY THE CITY DERIVED FROM IMPOSITION OF TAXES BY THE STATE AND RETURNED OR TO BE RETURNED TO THE CITY AS PROVIDED BY LAW, except for money the use of which is prohibited for such purposes by the State Constitution.  The City may enter into an agreement providing for the payment of taxes, which taxes are collected by the State and returned to the City as provided by law, to the authority or a trustee, and such funds may be pledged for the payment of the revenue bonds.

RIGHT OF REFERENDUM

THE REVENUE BONDS WILL BE ISSUED WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE ELECTORS UNLESS A PETITION REQUESTING SUCH A VOTE SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN 10% OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORS OF THE CITY IS FILED WITH THE CITY CLERK WITHIN FORTY-FIVE (45) DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.  IF SUCH PETITION IS FILED, THE BONDS MAY NOT BE ISSUED WITHOUT AN APPROVING VOTE OF A MAJORITY OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CITY VOTING THEREON.

THIS NOTICE is given pursuant to the requirements of Section 33, Act 94, Public Acts of Michigan, 1933, as amended.

Cathy Smith
City Clerk, City of Ishpeming

 

MATCH ON MAIN GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR CITY OF ISHPEMING BUSINESSES WITHIN THE DDA DISTRICT

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Only businesses in the Ishpeming DDA may apply through the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP). 

Applications are due to the LSCP by April 3, 2024, at 5:00 pm

Click here for the Match on Main website for additional information

 


Program Highlights

Match on Main is a reimbursement grant program administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that serves to support new or expanding place-based businesses by providing up to $25,000 in funding to support eligible activities. In alignment with the City’s professional services agreement with the Lake Superior Community Partnership, the LSCP will serve as the applicant on behalf of the City of Ishpeming. Only businesses within the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority are eligible for consideration.

The LSCP, via a shared review committee comprised of LSCP and City staff, will determine which business within the DDA district is selected for inclusion in the final application for support. The LSCP can ultimately submit only one proposed project to the MEDC. If awarded, the business will work with the LSCP to receive funds once the project is complete.

The maximum award to any individual applicant is $25,000. A 10% cash match is required.

 

City of Ishpeming Receives $300,000 Michigan Community Center Grant

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City to partner with Partridge Creek Farms on food security, community programming, recreation efforts

ISHPEMING, Mich., March 21, 2024 – The City of Ishpeming today announced it received $300,000 from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s (LEO) Community Center Grants program. The grant program builds on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ‘Make it in Michigan’ strategy to win projects, invest in people and revitalize places. 

“Community centers anchor thriving communities across Michigan, offering Michiganders places to gather, connect, learn, and access resources,” said Gov. Whitmer when announcing the recipients of the $64 million grant program. “This funding for community centers will help us deliver on our ‘Make it in Michigan’ vision to revitalize cities and towns across Michigan by making them more attractive places to live, work, and invest.” 

Out of nearly 1,000 applications, Ishpeming was one of only 100 cities or organizations to receive funding.

The funds will be used to provide increased food and community-focused programming through a partnership with Partridge Creek Farms (PCF), as well as establish a recreational gathering space including a skate park in the nationally registered historic district/downtown center. The new, highly-desired skate park will attract residents and visitors alike and will include some additional space which allows for gatherings such as an exhibitor fair, equipment demonstrations and other activities.

“This grant helps us further realize our goal of providing superior support and programming to our residents, their families and our workforce, enabling them to thrive and continue to grow together as a community,” said Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini. “We are grateful to the Michigan Community Center Grants program for prioritizing the needs of our city through this $300,000 grant, allowing us to promote needed programming that increases food security and opportunities for recreation in partnership with Partridge Creek Farms.”

Partridge Creek Farms works to reduce Ishpeming’s health disparities through directly addressing the root causes of food insecurity and bringing knowledge, power and tools to the area to grow and prosper. PCF’s vision is of a whole community that grows and eats nutritious, locally and equitably produced food year-round and cares for themselves, Earth and each other. 

This grant will help to support the continued development of the 3.5 acre Partridge Creek Intergenerational Farm and programming in downtown Ishpeming, scale Farm-to-School efforts, foster PCF’s continued stewardship of community gardens (in collaboration with residents and volunteers), and promote access to hands-on experiential learning for all ages. 

“This grant will be critical as Partridge Creek Farms aims to promote food stability efforts and empower Ishpeming residents to develop a more meaningful relationship with their food and each other,” said Partridge Creek Farm Executive Director Sara Johnson. “We are also excited to work with the City of Ishpeming on the creation of a mixed use space that we can utilize for activities and programs that will bring people together.”

The City and PCF continue to raise funds and pursue grant opportunities to benefit residents through impactful programming.

 

NO COMPOST WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2024 FROM THE ISHPEMING AREA WASTEWATER FACILITY

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NO COMPOST WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE
ISHPEMING AREA WASTEWATER FACILITY
FOR 2024

Please call 906-486-4391 with any questions.

 
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