Marquette City Commission

Marquette City Commissioner Sarah Reynolds talks to News Director Nicole Walton about the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority's lack of transparency when it comes to glass recycling, and 

whether the city should explore options to recycle glass.

MARQUETTE, MI--   New officials are settling into their posts in Negaunee and Marquette.

Nate Heffron is Negaunee’s new City Manager. He was most recently Bayard, Nebraska’s City Clerk. Negaunee was without a city manager for nearly ten months until Heffron’s contract was approved in December.

And the Marquette City Commission has appointed Paul Schloegel to the seat that had belonged to Tom Baldini. He was with the City Planning Commission and a representative to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Schloegel was appointed to the Commission Monday night.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Dave Campana is once again the mayor of Marquette. 

On a 4-2 vote Monday night the City Commission elected the mayor pro-tem to replace Tom Baldini, who died last month of a stroke.

Fred Stonehouse was elected the new mayor pro-tem on a 4-2 vote, as well.

Commissioners must now fill a vacant seat on the City Commission. They decided to accept applications for the spot through January 26. The new commissioner will be elected by the Commission at its February 12 meeting. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Applications are now available for a vacant seat on the Marquette City Commission.

Under the city charter the vacancy for an unexpired term must be filled within 60 days by a majority vote of the commission.

Applications are available on the City of Marquette website, They’re also at the City Clerk’s office at 300 West Baraga Avenue.

The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on November 30. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Residents of the City of Marquette have a couple of races and one big issue to consider in Tuesday’s primary election.

Three seats on the City Commission are up for grabs. The candidates are Tom Baldini, Justin Brugman, Peter Frazier, Tony Ghiringhelli, Matthew Luttenberger, Jermey Ottaway, and Fred Stonehouse.

Two seats are available on the Marquette Board of Light and Power. Those candidates are Edward Angeli, Dave Carlson, Jorma Lankinen, John Prince, and Tom Tourville.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Ownership of a lighthouse is being transferred from the federal government to the city of Marquette in time for its 150th anniversary.  

The Marquette City Commission has unanimously accepted a U.S. Coast Guard deed for the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. Mayor Dave Campana is expected to sign the document on July 30, a day designated to celebrate the sesquicentennial.

A 2002 agreement allowed the Marquette Maritime Museum to lease the lighthouse and offer tours.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The purchase of 37 acres of land for Marquette’s new hospital has been finalized. 

UP Health System Marquette and the City completed the deal for the Roundhouse property Monday.  Commissioners approved both the transaction and designation of the site as a Brownfield property last week.  The purchase includes land between Baraga and Washington streets. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Customers of the Marquette Board of Light and Power will see a 30 percent increase in their electric bill next October.  

Monday night the City Commission approved the BLP’s plan for the new Marquette Energy Center.  The $65 million plan includes construction of three generators that will run on natural gas with a fuel oil backup.  BLP officials say the area needs more dependable power generation as soon as possible.

The vote was 4-3.  Dissenting were Tom Baldini, Sarah Cambensy, and Sarah Reynolds.  They wanted more time to look at other power options. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Board of Light and Power has voted to approve a plan for the new Marquette Energy Center.  

The $65 million project entails the installation of three large internal combustion engines that will run primarily on natural gas.  If needed, light or heavy fuel oils could be used as a back-up. 

The center would be constructed behind the BLP building. 

The plan includes a 30-percent rate hike next year.  For the typical resident that means an $18 increase on their monthly bill. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette has a new city manager… at least for a little while. 

Former City Police Chief Mike Angeli was unanimously voted into the post by the Marquette City Commission Monday night.  He was also given a certificate of appreciation for his service as chief. 

Angeli was named acting city manager after Bill Vajda resigned September 4.

Angeli has signed a two-year contract with the city and officially starts Monday.  He’s spent the last 39 years with the Marquette Police Department—the last eight as chief.