City to discuss liquor license request, infrastructure project

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will discuss several agenda items at its regular meeting Monday, including offering its support for an on-premise liquor license for a Third Street business, creating a committee to evaluate job performances of the city manager and city attorney, and selecting a contractor for work on East Baraga Avenue.

David Grant, owner of Crappie Coffee Roasters LLC, is requesting the opportunity to apply to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, or MLCC, for a new on-premise liquor license at 401 N. Third St., city documents state.

Liquor licenses are available through Public Act 501 of 2006, which — according to city notes — was established in order to allow cities to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to their community and to attract investment and redevelopment in their downtown districts.

In August 2007, the city commission adopted a resolution establishing the Marquette Downtown Development Authority district as a redevelopment project area to enable application for special licenses.

Applicants for the licenses must invest a minimum of $75,000 for the rehabilitation or restoration of the building in which the license will be housed, notes state. The MLCC also requires that total investment in the district exceed $200,000 in the period covering the preceding five years, and that the city assessor provide a written statement certifying that investment.

One of the requirements of the legislation is that the local governing body, which would be the city commission in this case, approves a resolution for the specific entity’s application.

The commission on Monday will also appoint three commissioners to serve on a committee to review and compile the performance evaluations of the city manager and city attorney and make a recommendation regarding any adjustment to the manager’s compensation or terms of employment.

According to city notes: “the Marquette City Charter requires the city commission to conduct an annual performance review of both the city manager and the city attorney. Past practice has been to appoint three commissioners to serve on a committee to review the evaluations completed by all commissioners and make a recommendation regarding any adjustment to the manager’s compensation or terms of employment.”

The city attorney is paid on a retainer basis and the amount of his compensation for legal services is approved as part of the annual budget process, notes state.

Another item on the agenda pertains to the East Baraga Avenue extension project.

In accordance with previous planning and city commission approval for the Founders Landing development, plans have been made in regards to East Baraga Avenue. The work will consist of the extension of the street, water main, storm sewer main and multi-use pathway from Lakeshore Boulevard easterly to the Founders Landing boardwalk. In addition, on-street parking will be constructed for public use.

The project will be partially funded by using brownfield redevelopment funds and through private and public partnership agreements.

Bids for the project were opened on Aug. 2 and the four contractors who responded are Associated Constructors LLC, Hebert Construction Co., Smith Construction Inc. and Oberstar Inc. The project is estimated to cost slightly more than $448,000 and was approved in the 2018 budget with sufficient funds to cover the cost per brownfield redevelopment funding.

The city commission meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Ave.

To see the full agenda, visit the city’s website at

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is