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4/11/18 – PRESS RELEASE – Creation of a Special Committee on Cultural and Historical Preservation

City Manager Nate Heffron has issued a City Manger Directive 2-2018 (Directive Attachment Here). This directive establishes the creation of a special committee that will research and present advice on issues concerning the preservation of Negaunee’s culture and history.

The committee will be known as the Special Committee on Cultural and Historical Preservation. This committee will consist of six members, of such will consist of the City Manager, DPW Director, and four members at-large appointed by the City Manager. The committee will perform several functions as follows:

  1. Assist in determining the boundaries of the historic district;
  2. Hold public meetings to gain insight from the community and stakeholders;
  3. Hold meetings with downtown business and property owners;
  4. Assist in preparing a strategic plan for the historic district.

Jessica Flores of Preservation Forward, a historic preservation professional who specializes in the rehabilitation of the historic built environment, will facilitate this initiative on behalf of the City of Negaunee in order to achieve the City’s goal to have the downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The City Manager is seeking qualified individuals who may wish to serve on this committee; qualified individuals must live within the corporate limits of the City of Negaunee and be at least eighteen (18) years of age, and have an interest in and/or knowledge of historic architecture, history, historic preservation, or archaeology.  Applications may be submitted at 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 Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11

Interested applicants can download a board application – Boards and Commission Application

Press Release – National Register of Historic Places Historic District for the City of Negaunee

The Department of Talent and Economic Development has approved funding for technical assistance to the City of Negaunee for the pursuit of a National Register of Historic Places Historic District Designation. Technical assistance will also include education for community members and city staff on historic preservation as a tool for economic development. In addition, the City of Negaunee will have the opportunity to work directly with a historic preservation professional who will assist the City with a strategic plan for its historic resources as a catalyst for future reinvestment within the downtown. Funds will derive though the Project Empire initiative with the total investment around $45 thousand dollars.

Jessica Flores of Preservation Forward, a historic preservation professional who specializes in the rehabilitation of the historic built environment, will facilitate this initiative on behalf of the City of Negaunee in order to achieve the City’s goal to have the downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the National Register has the following results for historic properties:

• Becoming part of the National Register Archives, a public, searchable database that provides a wealth of research information.

• Encouraging preservation of historic resources by documenting a property’s historic significance. National Register designation also provides opportunities for specific preservation incentives, such as: federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation, federal investment tax credits, preservation easements to nonprofit organizations, International Building Code fire and life safety code alternatives, and possible state tax benefit and grant opportunities.
City Manager Nate Heffron is excited to work with members of the community, downtown property owners, and local stakeholders involved and will be establishing a committee to partner with Jessica Flores throughout this lengthy process. Jessica Flores has worked with hundreds of local governments and community members in order to strengthen the role of historic preservation in communities across Michigan. She understands the importance of a place and easily connects with the folks who love their place. At this time neither the boundaries of the district or parameters for establishing this district have been determined. More information concerning this committee will be forthcoming.

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

Further contacts provided:

Michelle Parkkonen
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
517.599.8797

Jessica Flores
Principal, Preservation Forward
PO Box 4490
East Lansing, MI 48826
517.220.5144

Also reported in The Mining Journal.

Press Release – RE: Appointments to the Special Advisory Committee on Blight Resolution.

RE: Appointments to the Special Advisory Committee on Blight Resolution.

 

City Manager Nate Heffron has appointed three individuals to fill three vacant seats on the newly formed Special Advisory Committee on Blight Resolution for the City of Negaunee.  The following individuals have been appointed:

Rhonda Gravedoni-

Dana LaLonde

Lori Lancaster

A press rerelease will be forthcoming on when this committee will meet, additionally these meetings will be posted on the City’s website, Facebook site, and at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the newly appointed members, the committee will also consist of City Manager, Chief of Police, and City Attorney.  The committee will perform the following functions:

  1. Review of the International Property Maintenance Code;
  2. Determine if any parameters described as violations within the International  Maintenance Code apply to properties within the City of Negaunee;
  3. Determine whether current ordinances pertaining to blight are effective;
  4. Determine if there currently is a “blight” problem within the community of Negaunee;
  5. Determine what sections of the International Property Maintenance Code should be adopted by the City of Negaunee;
  6. Provide a recommendation as to what property classes would be best served at this time to apply such standards of the International Property Maintenance Code;
  7. Hold no less than four (4) public hearings on the matter of blight;
  8. Provide a written report with findings;
  9. Present findings and recommendations to the City Council.

City Manager Nate Heffron thanks all the individuals who took the time to apply for vacant positions on this committee and looks forward to hearing from the public and professionals in the matter of blight within Negaunee.

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

Press Release – Historic District for the City of Negaunee

PRESS RELEASE

RE: National Register of Historic Places Historic District for the City of Negaunee

The City Council approved a resolution Thursday evening allowing City Manager Nate Heffron to engage with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for the purpose of researching the necessary steps in order to obtain a National Register of Historic Places Historic District Designation, development of a strategic plan and course of action for achievement of this designation, and facilitation of such application, scope of work, and supportive documents to the council.

If approved by the MEDC, the City and the MEDC will solicit the assistance of Jessica Flores of Preservation Forward in determining such steps toward developing a strategic plan, identifying action items toward the strategic plan, and assisting the City with any related items in order to achieve the City’s goal to have the downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the National Register has the following results for historic properties:

• Becoming part of the National Register Archives, a public, searchable database that provides a wealth of research information.

• Encouraging preservation of historic resources by documenting a property’s historic significance. National Register designation also provides opportunities for specific preservation incentives, such as: federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation, federal investment tax credits, preservation easements to nonprofit organizations, International Building Code fire and life safety code alternatives, and possible state tax benefit and grant opportunities.
Furthermore, this resolution sets the parameters in obtaining formal recognition and approval by the City Council prior to any application submission and directs that any such efforts in developing this strategic plan to involve “maximum public participation”.

Questions concerning this release or attached resolution may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, 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

Jessica Flores, MSHP, LEED GA
Principal, Preservation Forward
PO Box 4490
East Lansing, MI 48826
517.220.5144

Public Hearing – Planning Commission – 217 Shoreline Dr Teal Lake Overlay District

The City of Negaunee’s Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing in accordance with Ordinance 1278 Teal Lake Overlay District consider a Special Land Use Permit for 217 Shoreline Drive within the Teal Lake Overlay District on Tuesday March 20th @ 5:30 p.m. in the Negaunee Senior Center, 410 Jackson St. (Tobin St. Entrance).  Details can be viewed HERE. 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 by March 20, 2018 .

Job Posting – Entry Level Police Officer Position *UPDATED*

The City of Negaunee is currently accepting applications and resume’s for a full-time Entry Level Police Officer. Click HERE FOR JOB DESCRIPTION. Applications available HERE.  Applications can be sent or dropped off at the City Manager’s Office, City of Negaunee, PO Box 70, Negaunee, MI.  49866.  Applications are being accepted until position is filled.  Applicants must have completed MCOLES Pre-employment Police Academy prior to hire date.

CLOSED – Job Posting – Planning & Zoning Administrator

The City of Negaunee is currently accepting applications for the position of Planning & Zoning Administrator that will be responsible for a variety of routine and complex analytical, clerical, administrative, planning and zoning work in the administration of City Government. A BA or BS in Planning, Urban Planning, Public Administration or equivalent with three years appropriate experience required.  A resume and cover letter along with an application for employment can be sent to the City Manager’s office, City Hall, PO Box 70, Negaunee, MI.  49866.  A full job description can be viewed HERE.