Old Town Abandoned Mines Update

Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron reports, specific measures that were announced in early July, to strengthen and enhance safety protocols within Old Town have been completed. In late July, the City hired Marquette Fence Co. to install 360 feet of new fencing in one area of Old Town, this project was completed in less than a week. Funds for this project were taken from the parks department budget line reserved for playground equipment upgrades, in the amount of $8295.00

Additional concerns have also been addressed, such as new fencing at a mine shaft on Gold Street, repairs made to various fencing locations, securing the Mather B building site, and adding new signage throughout entrances of the park. “These signs, help those that may not know, that Old Town once was an active mining area. We advise all visitors to stay on improved trials and park areas, please do not venture off into the woods or beyond fenced off areas”, Heffron said.

Notice was given to RAMBA to perform a self-inspection of their trail systems, looking for qualified hazardous conditions. According to the City, if the following condition occurs on either side of trail system, within 10ft. of the edge of the trail, it’s considered a qualified hazardous condition:

  1. Where any surface of the trail switches from the ground to any extension of the trail that is not the ground (i.e. plank board, walls, foundations etc.).
  2. Any mine shafts or pits.
  3. Any surface mine depressions caused by cave-ins or from surface mining activity that is at least 25 ft from the bottom of the depression to the ledge of the ground surface.

The City has requested that this information be gathered within the next 60-days. Upon review, the City will work with RAMBA to determine if any mitigation measures need to be employed.

“We wish to offer the family of John “Yogi” Carlson our deepest and sincere condolences and thank him for his assistance in the past 20-years in helping accomplishing many of the above good works. We also look forward to working with the newly elected Mine Inspector, in safeguarding areas of concern, as they are found”, Heffron said.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11. (Attached 1 Picture)