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Creek project on agenda for special council meeting today

June 20, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming City Council has set a special meeting for today to address four items, including the engineering services for phase two of the Partridge Creek diversion project.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Ishpeming Senior Center.

During the meeting, the board is expected to act on the official $6 million Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant agreement that was recently announced to fund phase two of the Partridge Creek project. The council is also expected to take action to select a firm to conduct the engineering services for the work and to authorize a change order for phase one of the project.

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This recent photo shows work progressing on the Partridge Creek diversion project, which the Ishpeming City Council is scheduled to discuss at a special meeting this evening. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

Also on the agenda is a presentation from the city's fire hall committee on what direction to take regarding the fire hall building and how it could be refurbished to extend its lifespan. Such a project would likely need to be funded through millage.

The council is also expected to take action on a Payment in Lieu of Tax ordinance for the former C.L. Phelps School property. Proposed by developer G.A. Haan, the PILT ordinance is authorized by state law specifically for eligible low-income housing developments, allowing the developer to pay a PILT based on the rent charged for its units instead of an ad valorem tax.

A similar PILT ordinance was used by the developer of the Lakeshore Heights apartment complex several years ago.

The PILT ordinance is one of the criteria used to determine if the Phelps project will receive the state's low income housing tax credit.

Approval by the council today would be a first reading of the ordinance.

In addition, the council is scheduled to set a public hearing date for a land transfer with Malton Electric.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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