There will be a Public Hearing of the Negaunee City Council on Thursday April 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Negaunee Senior Center, 410 Jackson St. (Tobin St. entrance) to secure citizen input regarding amendments to the Water and Sewer Ordinances.  These Ordinance can be viewed at the links below or at the Negaunee City Library.

Revised Sewer Ordinance

Revised Water Ordinance

Advertisement for Bids – Brown Ave Sewer Project

Sealed bids are solicited for the: Construction of BROWN AVE SEWER PROJECT, City of Negaunee, Marquette County, Michigan. The project includes approximately 1433 feet of sanitary sewer replacement on Brown Avenue from Main Street to Cherry Street. The project will include bypass pumping, removal of existing sanitary sewer, placing new 18” sanitary sewer; and re-alignment of curb at the Brown/Cherry/Mitchell intersection. The project will also consist of reconstructing Brown Avenue within the existing curb, subbase, gravel, sidewalk and ADA ramps, final gravel grading, dust control, slope restoration, and traffic control. This project will not include HMA paving.

Bids will be received by the City of Negaunee and addressed to: Negaunee City Clerk, City of Negaunee, P.O. Box 70, 319 W. Case Street, Negaunee, MI 49866, until 1:00 p.m. ET, April 3, 2019, at which time these sealed Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the City of Negaunee Office. Contractors please clearly mark “BID ENCLOSED: Brown Ave Sewer Project” on the outside envelope of sealed bid.

The Contract Documents may be examined at the office of U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc. at 424 South Pine Street, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849. Direct any questions to Mark Daavettila at the UPEA Ishpeming office. All bidders shall contact U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc. to be added to the Bidders List for pending addenda and supplemental information if necessary.

Hard copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained from the Ishpeming office of U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc., 424 South Pine Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849, (906) 485-1011, it will be $50 for each copy.

No Bid shall be received unless accompanied by a certified check or satisfactory Bid Bond payable to the Owner in an amount no less than five percent (5%) of the maximum bid as a guarantee, that if the Bid is accepted, the Bidder will execute and file the Contract, Performance and Payment Bonds, and Insurance Certification, as required by the Contract Documents within fifteen (15) days after the Notice of Award and may not be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after bid deadline.

The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids.

There will be a mandatory on-site pre-bid conference on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:00pm ET at the intersection of Brown Avenue and Cherry/Mitchell intersection located near the project limits in the City of Negaunee. All interested bidders must attend.

Press Release – RE: Downtown Development Area Citizen Advisory Committee

The City of Negaunee is accepting applications from the public as a result of having over 100 residents who live in the proposed Negaunee Downtown Development Authority District.  Public Act 57 of 2018 requires the City to form a Downtown Development Area Citizen Advisory Committee to review and comment on the Negaunee Downtown Development Authority plans.

The committee shall consist of nine (9) individuals who are at least 18 years of age and who live in the development area of the Negaunee DDA District (please see attached map for boundaries). The purpose of the committee is to review the proposed Development Plan for the Negaunee DDA District and provide comments on the plan to the DDA and City Council prior to the official public hearing of the plan.

Members of the committee shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The City will be accepting applications starting today, March 11, 2019, until March 29, 2019, by noon. Members can expect up to three meetings lasting no more than one hour, over a six-month period. The Committee will review proposed infrastructure projects, downtown beatification efforts, and other exciting projects found in the proposed plan.

Qualified individuals who may wish to serve on this committee may submit their applications to City Hall located at 319 W. Case St, Negaunee, MI; or mailed to PO Box 70 Negaunee, MI 49866.

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


Zoning Board of Appeals – 1117 Owaissa St *UPDATE*


The City of Negaunee Zoning Board of Appeals will be convening on March 21st at 6pm (UPDATE – DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) in the Negaunee Senior Center to hear an appeal.

Appeal from Ronda Huffman, 1117 Owaissa St

  • Petitioner requests an appeal to a denial by the Planning Commission to operate a short-term rental / Bed and Breakfast Establishment in an R-1, Single Family Residential Area.

Opportunity for public comment will be provided at the meeting and those not able to attend can submit written communication c/o City of Negaunee Zoning Board of Appeals, PO Box 70, Negaunee, MI 49866.

PRESS RELEASE – Downtown Negaunee Facades 2019

City Manager Nate Heffron is pleased to announce that four downtown Negaunee businesses have submitted paperwork to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for consideration to enter Negaunee’s second round of façade improvements.

The City of Negaunee partnered with these four downtown businesses to seek out a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Current estimates place the total project cost near $651,000.00. Grants from MEDC can range in support of up to 75% match, with the City contributing administrative costs of the grant, if approved.

This year’s locations include:

323 Iron Street

308 Iron Street

331 Iron Street

334 Iron Street

Recently, Negaunee underwent its first phase of façade improvements with Smarty’s Saloon and Tino’s Pizza, both projects totaled $189,470.00. “The goal of the City is to work with willing business owners and the MEDC to improve the visual appearance of the downtown area by
lessening deteriorated or blighted buildings. In my opinion this first round was a success”, City Manager Nate Heffron commented.

In addition, the newly adopted Economic Strategic Plan Moving Forward and 2016 Master Plan, gives direction for the City to continue to seek out downtown businesses and building owners to work with the City and MEDC for reinvestment opportunities. According to Heffron, the City held several meetings with business and building owners last summer to gauge who may want to engage this next round. “Myself and my staff are taking a hands-on approach in developing strong relationships with the business and building owners in our downtown to navigate this process. I believe that we are turning the corner on economic development in Negaunee by building an atmosphere of trust and understanding with the downtown business and building owners”, Heffron stated.

Both Smarty’s Saloon and Tino’s Pizza have seen an up-tick in business since their façade’s improvements. In addition, Heffron says that these two businesses have inspired other businesses to reinvest in their buildings and that he and City staff have a waiting list for the next round.

This project is in its preliminary stages and is awaiting approval by the MEDC. “I hope that we will be able break ground on this project sometime late this summer”, Heffron said. “The City of Negaunee is very grateful to the MEDC for their investment in our community, we all know that this would have not been possible without their assistance”, Heffron stated.

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

Further contacts provided:

Jen Tucker

Community Assistance Team Specialist

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

300 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48913 Mobile: 906.201.4367

Notice of Site Plan Review – Maas St

Notice is herby given of a Site Plan Review by the City of Negaunee Planning Commission on March 19th, 2019 at 5:30pm, at the Negaunee Senior Center, located at 410 Jackson St, to review a Site Plan.


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

Applicant is requesting a Site Plan Review

Persons interested are requested to be present. Pertinent information relative to this Site Plan 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 or viewed HERE. 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 Site Plan Review on the date specified. Written comments are also welcome.




David Nelson

Planning and Zoning Administrator

(906)475-7700 x 12