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Wakefield city council hears sheriff's year end report


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THE WAKEFIELD city council discusses its updated closure policy at its meeting Monday evening. Pictured are, from left, member Bob Blaskowski, mayor Les Schneck, member Ted Finco, city manager John Siira and city clerk Jennifer Jacobson.

WAKEFIELD - Sheriff Pete Matonich presented the sheriff department's 2013 year end report at the Wakefield city council meeting Monday evening.

Included in this report was a count of 43 issued citations, 15 arrests and 46 total accidents.

The council also adopted a city closure policy, which reads "the city manager and mayor will decide if the city needs to close due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather."

"I think the simpler you keep it, the better off you are," said member Richard Bolen.

Mayor Les Schneck appointed Richard Bolen as a representative and John Siira as an alternate to the Michigan Western Gateway Trail Authority, which works toward developing and maintaining a trail system in the western Upper Peninsula.

The council scheduled a public hearing for a five-year recreation plan on March 10.

"If anyone has any ideas not already included, let us know," said city manager John Siira.

The council also adopted resolution 212, which urges the legislature to use the state budget surplus to restore funds to local governments.

It approved the Letter of Agency required for participation in the Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation's Consortium's agreement for basic internet access from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The library receives an 80 percent discount based on the free/reduced lunch count at the Wakefield-Marenisco school district. The estimated cost is $750 annually.


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