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Press Release – RE: Economic Development Strategy: “MOVING FORWARD”

City Manager Nate Heffron is pleased to announce that the City of Negaunee has accepted its first ever Economic Development Strategy, known as “Moving Forward”. An Economic Development Strategy is a planning document that helps guide communities interested in taking an active role in economic development. “This is a well thought out plan that puts us on the path for economic success, this is a major milestone for Negaunee”, City Manager Nate Heffron said.

The “Moving Forward” plan includes several strategies, some that the community is already engaged in and others that the community will be acting upon soon. These strategies include:

  • Continuing the City’s relationship with Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) for economic development and business retention services;
  • Continuing the City’s relationship with the Superior Trade Zone to work in a regional approach for economic success;
  • Implementing a Downtown Plan and streetscape project to preserve Negaunee’s history, enhance character, and spawn new economic development opportunities;
  • Working with downtown business owners to engage the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s grant façade program;
  • Partnering with Invent NMU with their kiosk program to expand business start-up resources;
  • Working to establish a Neighborhood Improvement Authority to meet the demands for new, affordable housing opportunities for families and expanding employment markets;
  • Establishing a historic district to take advantage of tax credits available through federal programs and preserve Negaunee’s history and character;
  • Becoming a Michigan Main Street Program community, allowing for stronger community connections that concentrate on economic vitality, downtown design, community promotion, and organization;
  • Becoming a Michigan Redevelopment Ready Community showing that Negaunee is ready for business and has taken the necessary steps to streamline what is necessary for development;
  • Developing and maintaining of a Capital Improvements Plan to allow the city to properly plan for infrastructure and service development and;
  • Reactivating the Downtown Development Authority to revitalize development sites and establish a Tax Increment Finance District.

Negaunee’s Economic Development Strategy has been made possible through the technical assistance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Funds for this project were derived from the Project Empire Initiative. Work was preformed through the newly created Negaunee Economic Development Advisory Team, with the professional assistance of John Iacoangeli of Beckett and Raeder.

 

The LSCP will be working in conjunction with the City of Negaunee to develop a public revealing of this plan on December 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the Negaunee High School’s auditorium. The event is open to the public; light refreshments, and dessert will be provided after the presentation. “We see this as an opportunity to bring forward a viable plan for Negaunee, based on economic data and proven techniques. This plan is tailored to our specific needs, this is not a one-size fits all approach”, Heffron said.

 

According to Amy Clickner, CEO of the LSCP, “This plan definitely shows that Negaunee is open for business; that they are here to help foster a relationship that lends assistance to businesses, creates jobs, and goes that extra mile to bring them here and keep them here.”

A copy of this document can be viewed online HERE – Economic Development Strategy or at the Negaunee Public Library.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11

BOARDS AND COMMISSION VACANCIES

There are vacancies on the following City of Negaunee Boards and Commission: Planning Commission, Commission on Aging, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Housing Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Review , Negaunee Ishpeming Water Authority and the Central Dispatch Board.  If you are interested an application can be found HERE or you can pick one up at the Utility Billing window at City Hall.

Special Meeting – Planning Commission – 11/20/18

5:30PM November 20, 2018 – Negaunee Senior Center

The City of Negaunee’s Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing consider a Special Land Use Permit for an addition to the cell tower located near Suicide Hell. Details can be viewed HERE – Dish Network Plans.  Opportunity for public comment will be provided at the meeting. Written comments can be mailed to:  c/o Planning Commission, PO Box 70, Negaunee, MI.  49866.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE – Re: Teal Lake Beach Project

The City of Negaunee, City of Ishpeming, and the Rotary Club of Ishpeming are announcing a joint cooperation project. While in its beginning stages, the parties involved are seeking out the possibility of public support and comments on the development of a beach site on the west side of Teal Lake.

“The Rotary Club is always looking for projects that can affect the community in a positive way, we saw a need for additional opportunities on Teal Lake and approached both cities to get their thoughts, so far everyone has been very supportive”, Lance Peterson, President for the Rotary Club of Ishpeming said.

Late this summer, the Rotary Club approached both the Cities of Negaunee and Ishpeming to see if they were willing to help with the proposed beach project. “All of Teal Lake is within the City of Negaunee’s City limits, this means Negaunee will need to be involved,” Nate Heffron, City Manager of Negaunee said. However, the proposed site where the beach could possibly be developed is owned by the City of Ishpeming. Mark Slown, City Manager of Ishpeming, commented: “A collaborative project with a neighbor is a good thing for everyone involved.”

Currently, both cities have agreed to hold several public meetings to gather comments on the proposed project. These meetings are slated to begin soon, each community will announce where and when these meetings will take place. Both Managers agree: “we are really looking for public input to see if there is support for this project and what amenities people would like.

According to both city mangers, no funds have been allocated at this time by either city or the Rotary Club. Both communities and the Rotary are working towards gathering information only. Once all the information has been gathered the parties involved will share their results and determine what the next step will be.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11, and City Manager Mark Slown at (906) 485-1091 ext. 204, or Lance Peterson at (906) 250-7988.

Press Release – RE: Public, Education, Governmental (PEG) channel survey results

RE: Public, Education, Governmental (PEG) channel survey results

Earlier this year, the City of Negaunee filed a complaint against Charter Communications following Charter’s discontinuation of the City’s Local Origination Channel (“LOC”), and refusal to provide Negaunee residents a Public, Education, Governmental (PEG) channel.  The LOC provided programming such as broadcasts of City Council meetings, public service announcements, and school related events.  A PEG channel would carry much of the same programming, but with more content, some of which will be produced by Negaunee students.   Currently, there are no channels carrying this type of programming, nor does the City have the capability to provide “live” broadcasts of its Council meetings.

The City and Charter mediated their dispute, and ultimately agreed to work together toward a resolution.  To that end, Charter indicated it would consider accommodating the City’s request for a PEG Channel, but requested additional information demonstrating community support for a PEG channel.  The City then conducted a community assessment survey, compiled the results, and forwarded those results to Charter, along with information on capital and operational budgets as well as content.

Survey results indicated a strong level of interest for a PEG channel with content including the broadcasting of City Council meetings, community announcements, calendars, and high school events and programming.  It is the City’s hope that Charter will recognize the importance of local broadcasting to the residents of the Negaunee, and work with the City and its resident customers to provide a PEG channel.

“One of our major concerns is that those that have cable TV as their only source of news won’t be able to stay informed about what’s going on in Negaunee.  The majority of survey respondents were between the ages of 51 and 80, I don’t think it’s fair that these folk should be left out and left behind. We feel confident that Charter will continue to work with us to ensure that everyone receiving their services in the City of Negaunee can continue to stay engaged with Negaunee,” City Manager Nate Heffron stated.

A copy of this survey can be viewed online HERE or at the Negaunee Public Library.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11 (See attachment)

Notice of Public Hearing – Rezoning request Maas St

Notice is herby given of a public hearing by the City of Negaunee Planning Commission on November 20, 2018 at 5:30pm, at the Negaunee Senior Center, located at 410 Jackson St, to consider the following changes to the zoning map:

Maas St Rezone Map

Property described as parcel numbers; 52-53-432-014-00 and 52-53-432-019-00, located on northside of Maas St consisting of approximately 60 acres.

Applicant: ABC Storage

Deed Holder: Great Lakes Forest INC

Applicant is requesting to rezone from (R2) Multi-Family Residential to (B2) Business

Persons interested are requested to be present. Pertinent information relative to this rezoning request is on file at the City Planning and Zoning Office and may be examined at anytime during regular business hours of 10am to 4pm. Persons interested may visit the Planning and Zoning office, Contact the Planning and Zoning Administrator by telephone at (906)475-7700 ex 12, or attend the Public Hearing on the date specified. Written comments are also welcome.

 

10/26/2018

 

David Nelson

Planning and Zoning Administrator

(906)475-7700 x 12

dnelson@cityofnegaunee.com

Notice of Public Hearing – Rezoning request CR 480

Notice is herby given of a public hearing by the City of Negaunee Planning Commission on November 20, 2018 at 5:30pm, at the Negaunee Senior Center, located at 410 Jackson St, to consider the following changes to the zoning map:

480 Rezone Map

Property described as parcel numbers; 52-53-705-004-00 and 52-53-704-006-00, located on both sides of CR 480 consisting of approximately 40 acres. The property is the old Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Compost Site

Applicant: City of Negaunee

Deed Holder: City of Negaunee

Applicant is requesting to rezone from (RR) Rural Residential to (IND) Industrial and rezone from (PA) Public Area to (IND) Industrial

Persons interested are requested to be present. Pertinent information relative to this rezoning request is on file at the City Planning and Zoning Office and may be examined at anytime during regular business hours of 10am to 4pm. Persons interested may visit the Planning and Zoning office, Contact the Planning and Zoning Administrator by telephone at (906)475-7700 ex 12, or attend the Public Hearing on the date specified. Written comments are also welcome.

 

10/26/2018

 

David Nelson

Planning and Zoning Administrator

(906)475-7700 x 12

dnelson@cityofnegaunee.com