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Calls To Divert Police Department Funding At Houghton’s City Council Meeting

Should the city of Houghton divert funding from the police department, and give it to social programs?

Several young people who spoke at last night’s council meeting, seem to think so.

One speaker even went as far as to question police departments as a whole.

In light of recent events surrounding the deaths of two black suspects in the hands of police, calls for defunding and in some cases even abolishing police departments, have gained momentum nationwide.

Police Chief John Donnelly spoke in defense of his department.

The Council, on the recommendation of the Planning Commission, granted a Special Land Use Permit to Northern Specialty Health, and approved the 2019-2020 budget adjustments.

John Copenen Construction, was awarded the bid, for the Nara Park Reconstruction.

The council also voted to join the Houghton County Recreation Authority.

Public hearings for the new marijuana ordinances, 2020-310 and 2020-312, have been scheduled for the July 22nd council meeting.

The meeting wrapped up with the passing of resolutions 1737, which allows Danielson Construction to replace the Leachate Collection System where the old landfill used to be, and resolution 1738, giving Payne & Dolan Inc the OK to finish the Agate Street paving project. 

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