Vehicle storage ordinance changes to be considered

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will hold the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would regulate the parking of inoperable motor vehicles during its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ishpeming City Hall.

The amendment, if approved, will make a violation of the ordinance a municipal civil infraction subject to a civil fine, as established in the annual fee schedule.

This is a change from existing language, which identifies a violation of the ordinance as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 or by imprisonment in the Marquette County Jail for a period not to exceed 90 days.

Under the proposed changes, an exception governing the issuance of a city permit for the storage of any historic or classic vehicle or a vehicle in the process of restoration or repair, would be removed from the ordinance.

The only exceptions to the ordinance would be: inoperable vehicles stored, kept or maintained in a fully enclosed building; those kept by a licensed junk or scrap dealer; or by a state licensed service station or auto repair business. Other statutes and city zoning laws would still apply.

If the first reading is approved, the amendment will be subject to a second reading at the next regular council meeting before being adopted.

The ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1972, has been amended eight times to date.

A public hearing will also be held by the council to consider oral or written comments regarding the sale of city property at 213 S. First St. The owners of the Royal Pub at 205 E. Division St. originally offered to purchase the lot during a special city council meeting in June.

The council will also consider approval of about $799,000 in payments for engineering and construction of the city’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development water system improvement project.

The $10.8 million project, which began in the summer of 2017, is expected to be substantially complete by Nov. 14.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.