Local briefing

U.S. 41 water main work starts

MARQUETTE — Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, U.S. 41 between Tonti Road and Cliffs Power Road will experience traffic disruptions due to water main construction work, according to a city announcement.

The construction will require one southbound lane be closed. Traffic will be shifted to a single southbound lane through this area. Traffic will be open to two southbound lanes for the nighttime hours. This project is scheduled to be substantially complete in four weeks.

The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction, detour and advisory signing.

Oberstar Inc. is the general contractor for this project.

Chamber hosts after-hours event

ISHPEMING — The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Business After Hours event, hosted by Iron Range Agency in Ishpeming from 5-7 p.m. today.

The public is welcome to attend this free event, held at Iron Range Agency, located at 101 N. Main St. in Ishpeming.

Guests in attendance may enjoy beverages from Elaine’s Place and M&M Westgate Shell, and heavy appetizers from The Venice Pub & Pizzeria, Mama Russo’s, Ralph’s Italian Deli, Rare Earth Goods, and Jubilee Foods.

In addition, all attendees have a chance to win several special prizes from The Venice Pub & Pizzeria, Pasquali’s Pizza & Pub, Rare Earth Goods, Sherri’s Restaurant, Jackie B Designs, Iron Range Agency, Cognition Brewing Company, and Native Nails.

Land Development meeting set

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette’s ad-hoc Land Development Code Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting at 4 p.m. today in Room 103 in the lower level of city hall at 300 W. Baraga Ave. in Marquette, according to a city announcement.

The Marquette City Commission has appointed eight residents of the city to serve as an oversight board to the Land Development Code project, and to provide input and feedback to the consulting team, city staff and the planning commission.

The project is in its third month and is scheduled to be completed in 12 months, not including time for final public review and hearings.

The LDC project will modernize the city’s land-use codes, and create a user-friendly document that updates and combines various ordinance/code elements. The intended impacts of this project are to update zoning districts and standards, to incorporate new standards for increased environmental protection and the mitigation of the negative impacts of urbanization and growth, and to reduce the complexity of the current land-use ordinances and reduce the number of variance cases caused by outdated standards.

The envisioned code document will be designed to assist in implementing the city’s vision to become a premiere sustainable community with a strong sense of place that provides unique opportunities for living, learning and business.