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Houghton City Council Meeting

The Houghton City Council held their monthly meeting last night.

The previous night’s meeting was briefly discussed, and City Manager Eric Waara was commended for his handling of that meeting.

The parking decks were once again brought up, and a presentation was given, weighing the pros and cons of keeping them, and options the city can take in the future.

All of them come with a hefty price tag, but demolishing the current decks and starting over, was the least expensive, and would hopefully improve all aspects of downtown. 

The petition to hold the special election in May, regarding the Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Project has been approved.

Focus groups will be here in mid-March, to speak with various community leaders, to gain feedback on what changes will best serve the community.

Police Chief John Donnelly reported the police force responded to 183 calls this past few weeks.

Of those, 1 was a felony arrest, 14 misdemeanors, 27 civil infractions and 18 accidents.

The Winter Carnival went off without incident, thanks to extra law enforcement staff.

Chief Donnelly also reminded everyone to come to the Pigs in Heat Hockey Game, this Saturday.

Next month’s council meeting, scheduled for March 11th, will be discussing Ordinances 302 and 303, which involve the city’s marijuana laws.

Changes will need to be made, so they don’t work against each other.

As always, the public is welcome. 

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