New Finlandia University President Tim Pinnow introduced himself to the Hancock city council last evening.
Pinnow updated the state of the university, including finances, concerns with student growth, and its oversized campus.
Pinnow said the school’s board of trustees has already begun working on correcting some of the issues, and strengthening ties with entities such as Northern Michigan University, and the Copper Country Intermediate School District.
Hancock will observe Make a Difference Day Saturday. This year’s event will honor the city’s late Downtown Development Coordinator Deb Mann. Residents are encouraged to find projects that will help the community, or their neighbors.
The Lake Superior Tree Farm has also donated a tree to the city to honor Mann. The evergreen pine will be planted behind the City of Hancock sign on the western end of downtown.
City Manager Mary Babcock announced that Hancock has earned redevelopment-ready community status with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. That will facilitate future grant applications. A ceremony to celebrate the achievement has been scheduled for November 18th at 10 a.m.
Contract negotiations with the Teamsters Union will start next week. Union members have requested that the existing deal be revisited. And council members voted to sell an aging pickup truck to the Houghton County Fair Board for $500.