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Hurley City Council buys railroad parcel



Hurley — The Hurley City Council on Tuesday approved a parcel purchase for the non-motorized Iron Belle Trail.

The deal had been negotiated over many months.

The council agreed to pay $5,000 to Canadian National for the small parcel.

Mayor Joe Pinardi praised city attorney Ray O’Dea for getting the railroad to come down on its original asking price of $22,000.

A grant from the Gogebic Range Health Foundation will cover the $5,000, Pinardi noted.

The city will send in $1,000 in advance for the parcel and be reimbursed for that amount.

In other business Tuesday, the city council agreed to seek bids for garbage collection services, since the contract with Waste Management expires at the end of November.

In other action, the council:

—Agreed to pay part-time summer helpers $10 an hour.

—Learned from Pinardi that the city will need to update its no-parking policy. The parking space in front of El Cheapo’s tavern along Wisconsin 77 will need to be removed, along with a few other minor changes. The state requires the no-parking ordinance to be updated.

—Named the private drive located at the Villa complex Villa Drive, with the signs to be purchased privately.

—Donated $2,000 to the Hurley Little League.

—Donated $2,500 to the Hurley Fourth of July Committee.

—Adopted an amended ordinance on feeding pigeons and other wild animals.

—Learned the County Trunk D extension project began Tuesday, under Ross Peterson Construction, of Hurley. The roadway, about a half mile long, has been named Odanah North, but the Iron County Resource Development Association has suggested it be named in honor of the late Jack Giovanoni, a prime mover of the project. Council members agreed to wait for completion of the project later this summer before taking action on changing the name.

—Learned no members of the public showed up for a public hearing on a dog park to be located behind city hall. The park has been staked out and Kathy Koski will spearhead fundraisers for the fall and winter, the mayor said.


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