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Houghton Updates Rental Code

The City of Houghton has revised its rental housing ordinance. At last night’s council meeting, City manager Eric Waara said that the new rules will streamline the licensing process by allowing the Zoning Administrator to grant a license to a conforming property, instead of requiring that all licenses be issued …

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Houghton Council to Consider Two Ordinances

The Houghton City Council will hold two public hearings on proposed new ordinances at tonight’s meeting at the City Center. Ordinance 298 updates rental property licensing and inspection in the city. Ordinance 299 updates the city’s solid waste and recycling policies. The council is scheduled to vote on both ordinances …

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Houghton County Task Force Pursues Four Jail Options

The task force investigating replacement options for the outdated and overcrowded Houghton County jail is pursuing four possibilities. Houghton County Commissioner Tom Tikkanen provided the board with an update at yesterday’s meeting. The task force has split into sub-groups. One is revisiting an expansion proposal similar to that which was …

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U.P. Energy Task Force Holds First Meeting

The new U.P. Energy Task Force met for the first time yesterday. The group was established by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to find sustainable ways to provide more reliable and less expensive energy in the Upper Peninsula. Members include energy providers and users, along with consumer and environmental advocates. In the …

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State Creates New Mining Advisory Council

The State of Michigan will create a committee of industry experts to help guide development of the mining industry. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4227 into law yesterday, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced by state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) in February, the committee will make …

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