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Ishpeming City Manager Open Office Hours

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

This is an opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns about our city with its city manager in an open communication. 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.

The first event will be a scheduled time for one-on-one meetings:

Thursday, February 29
Ishpeming City Hall Council Chambers (upstairs)
3:00pm – 5:00pm (Must RSVP)

If you would like to meet with the City Manager, please visit to reserve your time or attend one of the open house dates in the future.


Al Quaal Tubing Hill Update (1/26)

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Al Quaal Tubing Hill Update

Due to the current warm temperatures and lack of snow, the City does not believe it is safe to operate the Tubing Hill this weekend.

The hill has been groomed and there is enough staff hired to run the hill, however, with current conditions, the bottom portion of the hill is very slushy. The slush and warm temperatures have made the hill slow-going with tubers only able to make it ¾ of the way down the hill and unable to walk to the pick-up point.

Stay tuned for further updates as we continue to evaluate the conditions of the Tubing Hill for its opening.


Public Participation Plan 2023

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The City of Ishpeming is looking to hear from its residents!
Every year, the City reviews its Public Participation Plan and invites residents to do the same.

It is important that the public be engaged throughout these city planning and development processes as Ishpeming continues to grow. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation shares some ways to stay involved in City planning, including participating in open meetings, getting involved in boards and commissions, and attending public hearings.

The City of Ishpeming’s Public Participation Plan is available for viewing here:

City Of Ishpeming Public Participation Plan (P3) - Approved 4-7-2021
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Election Precinct Inspectors

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The City of Ishpeming is always looking for persons interested in working as Precinct Inspectors for City Elections.  Inspectors duties include, but are not limited to opening and closing the polls, assisting voters to exercise their right to vote, issuing ballots, tabulating results and preparing required documents.

Precinct Inspectors receive two hours of required training.  Wage is $15.00 per hour.

A registered voter interested in serving as a Precinct Inspector can obtain an application at Ishpeming City Hall, 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming or by clicking here to access the State of Michigan website to print an application.


2024 City of Ishpeming Water Rates

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WATER $54.80

SEWER $40.73

GARBAGE: $21.90


TOTAL: $117.43



City of Ishpeming, Charter Communications Announce Charter’s First High Definition Public, Educational and Government Channel in Michigan

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After nearly three-year effort and 60-day working trial period, Channel 189 to provide community information to Ishpeming residents

Ishpeming, Mich., January 10, 2023 – The City of Ishpeming and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) (along with its subsidiaries, “Charter”) today announced the full launch of Channel 189, Charter’s first high-definition (HD) Public, Educational and Government (PEG) channel in the state of Michigan, providing a central source of community information to Ishpeming residents.

The effort, which took nearly three years of collaboration between Charter and Ishpeming, had a trial launch in November so that officials could ensure the channel was backed with the proper infrastructure and content, and that employees could be trained on the system powering the channel.

“The City of Ishpeming is constantly looking for creative ways to keep our residents better informed of what’s happening at city hall and in their community,” said Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini. “We are grateful to Charter for their partnership in making this remarkable resource available to our residents.”

Programming on Channel 189 will include:

  • City Council meetings
  • Inclement weather alerts
  • Public school updates
  • Voter information
  • Upcoming community events
  • Residential information such as the street cleaning schedule and garbage pickup
  • City-wide updates and emergencies
  • Informative video content

Local Charter Spectrum users subscribed to the basic service tier of cable television can turn their televisions to Channel 189 to take advantage of the City’s programming. Among Charter-supported PEG channels in the state of Michigan, Channel 189 is the organization’s first HD channel, which enables more dynamic content to be shown to viewers. 

“Charter’s belief in connectivity is about more than broadband and cable, but also in connecting communities of people together,” said Charter Manager of State Government Affairs Joan Movrich. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help strengthen the connection of the City of Ishpeming to its residents, and those residents to each other through Channel 189.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FEC) estimates that there are approximately 5,000 PEG channels operating throughout the country. According to national journalism think tank Nieman Lab, “Three quarters of PEG operations today are small, managed by one to three employees, and generate hyperlocal programming for a couple of cable channels typically listed as ‘local access’ on a cable system’s programming guide. While the number of local access channel operations has diminished over the years, these smaller operations still serve as reliable community information sources.”

Residents, businesses and community organizations can suggest content for Channel 189 by calling the City at (906)485-1091 or visiting their website.

About Ishpeming

The City of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is home to about 6,600 residents. Boasting a rich mining heritage, creative small businesses, dozens of miles of trails and many outdoor amenities, and a community-centric culture, Ishpeming is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. During 2023, Ishpeming is proud to celebrate its sesquicentennial birthday, honoring the past 150 years and looking ahead to a bright future. To learn more about Ishpeming, visit

About Charter
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the Company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.

For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise® provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The Company also distributes award-winning news coverage and sports programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks. More information about Charter can be found at



LIVE: Channel 189!

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The City of Ishpeming is pleased to announce the re-launch of our newest HD Spectrum streaming program, PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) Channel 189 – which is the first of its kind in all of Michigan! 

This television channel provides residents an additional way to stay informed as it provides the city an avenue to create and cablecast educational and governmental video content that is available for community access on the basic service tier of cable television.

The city has worked hard alongside many additional partners to re-launch this communication channel for our residents to deliver the information they need directly to their homes.

In addition to LIVE streaming our monthly city council meetings, viewers can stay up-to-date:

  • Inclement weather alerts
  • Public school updates
  • Senior center updates
  • Voter information
  • Upcoming community events
  • Residential information such as the street cleaning schedule and garbage pick up
  • City-wide updates and emergencies 
  • And more!

Go to channel 189 to stream today.


Ishpeming Announces $20 Million Drinking Water Infrastructure Project

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Special City Council meeting held on October 25, 2023 discussed city’s 2024 budget including the funding news and additional updates

Ishpeming, Mich., October 26, 2023 – The City of Ishpeming yesterday announced a $20 million drinking water infrastructure project is moving forward. The State of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund fiscal year 2024 has put Ishpeming into the fundable range for funding half of the project as a grant and half as a low-interest (2%) loan. 

“Our residents and business owners voiced their support to the state during the public comment period having a direct impact on the city scoring in the fundable range for this significant and very competitive funding which will improve our infrastructure,” said Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini. “The notice that went out statewide even called-out the volume of comments from our community in the State’s decision to score Ishpeming into fundable range for the project. We want to thank those who sent comments in and celebrate what can happen when we unite our voices.”

The project includes $9,896,800 in grant funding through the American Rescue Plan and a $9,893,400 loan from EGLE through federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) funding. Additional funding includes: $170,000 for Lead Service Line Costs, $86,700 for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) DWSRF LSLR Loan, and $83,300 for BIL DWSRF LSLR Principal Forgiveness (PF).  

The BIL LSLR funds must be used for lead service line replacement work and associated activities directly connected to the identification, planning, design and replacement of lead service lines. 

The proposed project should make meaningful progress on outstanding infrastructure needs, including the replacement of selected portions of the water distribution system which are deteriorated and undersized. These proposed improvements will impact the water quality by replacing water mains that have historically leaked causing interruptions to the water distribution system and potential water quality issues with water shutdowns and depressurizing the main line. Replacing these mains will remove approximately 39,000 feet of undersized galvanized water main, making the overall system more reliable.

As is standard in the City of Ishpeming, and to mitigate community impact, the City will require contractors to adhere to its “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. 

The next 4-6 months will determine the exact project scope, intended for drinking water infrastructure improvements. Professional engineers remain engaged to bring the conceptual scope in the grant application to a final design for submission to the State and final approval to proceed. Surveying of existing water lines to validate their condition, location and environmental assessment which must be incorporated into the final plans is part of the process. This also helps to inform which water lines within the city will be targeted through this funding. 

In September, Ishpeming announced $16 million in funding tied to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). 

Special City Council Meeting on Proposed 2024 Budget 

City Council had preliminary discussions about the proposed 2024 budget and requested city staff to bring creative solutions to the November 8 regular City Council meeting when the budget will again be discussed. 

The following budget highlights were shared:  

  • Public Improvement Fund will cover a $200,000 City Hall handicap ramp replacement, $100,000 alley and lot associated improvements, $110,000 in repairs to the Lodge roof and $10,000 for the addition of an ADA-compliant restroom at Al Quaal, and $300,000 is set aside to repair problem sections of roadways in the city. 
  • The City’s Water and Sewer Meter Replacement Project is ongoing for the installation of radio read meters that lead to more accurate billing, and both plans and funding are aligned to replace low manhole covers on Third St.
  • Motor Pool funding is confirmed for a new sidewalk snow plow, which is better suited for downtown. 

The Ishpeming City Council consists of five elected members. Regular city council meetings are held on the first Wednesday after the first Monday of each month at City Hall (100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849) beginning at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are streamed live on YouTube and broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 189.  




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The Ishpeming City Winter Parking Ban (Ordinance No. 5-1200) goes into effect November 1st and runs until April 30th.  Times for the parking ban are as follows:

  • Residential Streets: 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM
  • Downtown Streets: 2:00 AM – 6:00 AM

Parking permits for City lots can be purchased at City Hall. Permits cost $25.00/month.


To view the ordinance which regulates overnight parking, please follow the link below:
Ord. 5-1200 Prohibiting Overnight Parking
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Ishpeming Cemetery – Prepare for Winter

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Ishpeming Cemetery – Prepare for Winter

In order to prepare for winter, Ishpeming City officials ask lot owners to please remove all non-permanent objects (planters, decorations, benches, etc.) from their grave sites by November 1, 2023.  Items left at the site will be disposed of after that date. 

Please contact Ishpeming City Hall with any questions or concerns at 906-485-1091, Ext. 203.


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