Ishpeming City Council to consider fire suppression in senior center facility


Journal Staff Writer

ISHPEMING — Fire suppression at the Ishpeming Senior Center facility, which is currently under construction on Greenwood Street, will be on the agenda during a virtual city council meeting at 7 p.m. today.

The council will consider using a $26,000 net asset distribution the city received from the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority to pay for a portion of the $48,000 project to install a wet pipe fire sprinkler system in the structure. The remaining cost of system installation would come from $21,000 in previously budgeted site plan review funds with up to $1,000 coming from a city fund balance.

The city plans to apply for a Risk Avoidance Program grant from MMRMA to offset the cost of the fire suppression system installation, according to agenda supplements provided by city staff.

The city was awarded a $1.9 million Community Development Block Grant administrated by the Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in May to demolish the former facility at 320 S. Pine St., which was condemned in September, and build a new multipurpose facility at 121 Greenwood St.

The city will own the new structure and lease it to the Ishpeming Commission on Aging for $1 per year.

The council will also consider bids for ramp replacement at the Ishpeming Fire Hall. Three sealed bids ranging from $16,500 to $20,500 were received for the project, which was initially budgeted at $17,000.

Also on the agenda is a bid for roof replacement on the Department of Public Works main shop area and a resolution in support of justice.

The proposed resolution states, in part:

“Whereas, the City of Ishpeming believes that no person be denied equal protection of the laws; nor shall any person be denied employment because of his, her, or their civil rights or be discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, height, weight, physical or mental disability (or) family status.”

To attend the virtual meeting on the web, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995023764 or to participate in the meeting via phone, dial 1-646-558-8656 and key in 88995023764# when prompted.

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


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