Headed for the ballot

County board approves language for Marquette County Medical Care Facility millage renewal

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting unanimously approved the language of a millage renewal request for the Marquette County Medical Care Facility to appear on the August primary ballot.

The proposed millage, which would expire at the end of this year if not approved by voters in August, would levy 0.55 mill, or 55 cents per $1,000, on taxable real and tangible personal property within Marquette County for a period for five years, 2020-2024 inclusive.

It is estimated to generate around $1.275 million the first year. A household with $150,000 of taxable real and tangible personal property would pay $82.50 a year if the millage is approved.

The millage language was previously approved by the Marquette County Department of Human Services at its April 24 meeting.

The Marquette County Medical Care Facility, which is located along Saginaw Street in Ishpeming, was “established to provide quality long term and rehabilitation services to residents of Marquette County,” according to its website.

“We believe that quality of life goes beyond medical treatment and are committed to serving the total physical, recreation, spiritual, personal, and social needs of each of our residents,” its website states.

The facility offers 140 beds in a single-story environment that is equipped to “handle a wide variety of medical needs,” and can provide care to those who require ongoing medical attention, officials said.

“We have and will continue to be devoted to the care of residents needing long-term skilled nursing and medical care, including restorative related medical services, and/or special therapeutic services for many years to come,” the facility’s webpage states.

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the facility’s new rehab unit will be held at 3 p.m. May 22, commissioners said. Attendees will have a chance to tour the new rehab unit, learn more about the facility’s services, and enjoy refreshments and win prizes.

For more information on the Marquette County Medical Care Facility, visit mqtcmcf.org or call 906-485-1061.

The board also unanimously approved on Tuesday:

≤ Removal and purchase of an engine test cell at K.I. Sawyer by U.S. Turbine, which will pay the county $75,000 to do so.

≤ An assessing agreement with Forsyth Township, which will pay the county $107,000 annually for assessing services.

≤ A modification to the attorney-client room project in the courthouse.

≤ A request from the Courthouse Security Committee to assess options to make changes in the courthouse layout for efficiency and security improvements.

≤ The Marquette County Community Corrections Board Grant Application for fiscal year 2020.

≤ A subordination request.

≤ Grant assistance for the UP 911 Authority.

≤ A Canadian Rail consultant recommendation.

Cecilia Brown can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is cbrown@miningjournal.net.