Ishpeming City Council to consider firetruck purchase

Pictured: A ladder firetruck with similar specifications to a truck that will be purchased by the city of Ishpeming in the coming year. A .09 mill millage was approved by Ishpeming voters in August. The city council will consider a bond resolution to finance the truck at its special meeting on Wednesday.(Journal photo by Lisa Bowers)

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will consider a resolution to authorize the sale of bonds to purchase a ladder firetruck for the city.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ishpeming City Hall.

During the Aug. 8 election, residents voted to approve a 12-year millage to pay for the truck, which could cost up to $850,000.

The millage will levy .90 mill in 2017, with an .85 mill estimated simple average annual millage rate to retire the bond, according to the Fire Equipment Bond Proposal.

If the resolution is approved, the city will solicit bids from bond underwriters for the purchase of the general obligation unlimited tax bonds this year.

The council will also consider bill of sale from Charter Communications for equipment that will be used to broadcast monthly city council meetings.

According to the bill of sale agreement, Charter will donate the broadcast equipment to the city.

The city entered into negotiations with Charter after the company announced it would discontinue production of any municipal meetings effective July 1.

The Marquette County Board, the Gladstone City Commission, Escanaba City Council and the Negaunee City Council were also affected by the policy shift.

The city paid Charter $150 to produce the live broadcast of each council meeting prior to the change in company policy, City Manager Mark Slown said during a special city council meeting in May.

Included in the agreement is an amendment to the 10-year uniform video franchise agreement that was approved by the council in May, reducing the Public Educational and Government, or PEG fees to 20 cents per subscriber.

The agreement approved in May increased the PEG fee from 10 cents per subscriber to 2 percent of gross revenue.

The meeting agenda also includes a $6,566 quote from 906 Technologies for a new server at City Hall, maintenance concerns at the new Power of 10 Pocket Park, a change order and pay application for the city’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development water system improvement project, a discussion about the Ishpeming Housing Authority and zoning violations on Ely and Division streets.

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