Negaunee council to consider downtown development project

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council will consider a resolution for economic development and a downtown streetscape project during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Negaunee Senior Center.

The resolution, if accepted, would provide $25,000 in technical assistance for the project through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Project Empire initiative.

The program, announced by Gov. Rick Snyder on Aug. 19, 2016, was launched to assist communities in western Marquette County to address economic and social challenges brought by the closing of the Empire Mine.

The city will not be required to provide any funding for the downtown streetscape project, Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron said.

The council will also consider the first reading of an ordinance governing tourist-oriented directional signs.

According to an agenda supplement, the city was contacted by the Range Area Mountain Bike Association for assistance in placing directional signs along U.S. 41 east of Malton Road in order to direct westbound cyclists to the trailhead at the old Howard Oil Building located along County Road just west of Suicide Bowl.

The supplement states in order to erect a sign of this type the jurisdiction “must have adopted an ordinance permitting such signs.”

The council will also consider a plan to put two lawn mowers formerly used at the cemetery up for sale.

If approved, the city will accept sealed bids on the 12-year-old Husqvarna mowers.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-486-4401.