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ByMary M. Ward

Nov 22, 2021


KINGSFORD – Kingsford City Council has agreed to suspend its first right of refusal agreement for the site of the former Marquette Medical Clinic on East Boulevard.

The council’s action could allow Nathan and Jennifer Raiche of Kingsford to purchase the 4.6-acre property and relocate the Form House printing company to the site.

Nathan Raiche said he bought the Form House business, but not the building, which is located in Iron Mountain. He explained that they plan to have the Kingsford property appraised in early December in hopes of closing the property by the end of the year. The renovations are expected to take six weeks, so they plan to open in February.

He told the council that he and his wife lived in Kingsford and graduated from Kingsford High School.

The Marquette clinic opened in the late 1980s. It remained vacant for several years.

In the other cases of November 15, the council:

– Returned a land exchange proposal with the Breitung Township School District to the Town Planning Commission. According to City Manager Mike Stelmaszek, the school would like to acquire property adjacent to the school offices on Pyle Drive and adjacent to the training ground. The property is 1.3 acres. The school offers two lots on Pyle Drive on their Woodland Elementary School property. The lots together total 0.71 acres.

– Hired CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) of Green Bay, Wisconsin as an audit firm on a three-year contract with an option to cancel after the first year. They have a local office with Scott Sternhagen as a representative. Stelmaszek said he spoke with the city manager of Iron Mountain and that they were happy with the business. The cost would be $ 19,500 for the first year and $ 20,000 and $ 20,500 each year thereafter, respectively.

– I heard Stelmaszek report that seven deer have been captured so far as part of the city-run archery hunt.

– Were informed that 46 people voted in person among the 481 votes cast in the municipal council election on November 2.

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