Alger County voters to consider ordinance, millages

MUNISING — An ordinance to prohibit tobacco use at outdoor city-owned or leased property is on the Aug. 8 primary ballot for Munising voters, while several millage proposals are also on the ballot for other Alger County electors.

Munising city officials said the proposal was the result of an initiatory petition process, which requires signatures from at least 10 percent of the registered electors in the city for the measure to be placed on the ballot, according to the city’s charter.

The effort was organized by members of the Alger County Wellness Coalition.

If approved by voters, tobacco use would be prohibited within 100 feet of Lynn Street Tot Lot; Brown’s Addition Tot Lot; Heroes Field; Skateboard Park; Bay Shore Park; and Lynn Street Tennis Courts.

Private property and designated right-of-way would be excluded.

Tobacco use is defined as the smoking of any tobacco product and the use of tobacco-related products, including that which is chewed, sucked or placed in a person’s mouth, as well as electronic cigarettes.

Tobacco cessation products, such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are still permitted.

Violations of the ordinance would be punishable by civil fines of $50 for the first offense; $100 for the second offense; and up to $500 and/or 90 days imprisonment for three or more violations.

The ordinance, if adopted, would become effective 10 days after official publication.

There are two proposals on the ballot in AuTrain Township. Voters will consider a 2-mill proposal to provide funding for road maintenance and improvements.

One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value.

The millage would run from 2017 to 2021 and generate roughly $138,000 the first year.

The second proposal is a 3-mill levy for curbside garbage collection and support services, including ongoing costs related to the closure of the Munising Landfill. The millage would run from 2017 to 2021 and is estimated to generate about $206,900 its first year.

Burt Township voters will see three ballot measures during the primary election.

The first is to renew a millage for construction, operation, maintenance and improvement of the Fire Department of Burt Township. The 1.5-mill levy had been reduced by required rollbacks to 1.4945 mills, and, if approved, would be restored to its original level. The levy would run from 2017 through 2020 and is estimated to generate nearly $76,000 its first year.

The second is a 1.5-mill levy for road maintenance and improvements that would last from 2017 through 2020 and generate an estimated $76,000 its first year.

The final proposal on the ballot in Burt Township is to restore the township’s general operating millage back to 1 mill. The levy has been reduced by required rollbacks to .5741 mills. If approved, the millage would run from 2017 through 2020 and generate an estimated roughly $50,600 its first year levied.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is