Panel to meet to discuss land purchase, 2019 goals

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will consider a list of parcels that went into foreclosure for non-payment of 2015 real property taxes during a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at city hall.

The city may purchase the foreclosed property from Marquette County for the total taxes owed, according to a letter from Marquette County Treasurer Anne Giroux.

The meeting packet includes information on a parcel in Salisbury location, bordered on three sides by city-owned property. The costs of the parcels range from $1,098 to $18,521.

The council will also hold a workshop to discuss proposed 2019 goals and capital improvements during a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Ishpeming City Hall.

The council will consider goals which include: the completion of property assessment updates; improve personal property tax collection; a plan to reduce the unfunded liability in the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System; complete an updated city master plan and improvements to zoning ordinances; obtain Redevelopment Ready Community Status from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.; and finalize a city-wide trail plan.

The council will also consider proposed capital improvements such as: obtaining funding to replace a police department vehicle; obtain a new columbarium for the cemetery; evaluate and possibly repair the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library roof, along with flooring replacement or repair.

The council will also consider the city’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis, also known as SWOT.

Staff from city hall, the police department, fire department the department of public works and the library completed surveys detailing elements of SWOT for their departments.