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Houghton OK’s Police Pay Raises; Paving Projects

The City of Houghton has approved pay increases for members of its police force.

At last night’s council meeting, three percent raises were okayed for patrol officers and the department’s lieutenant. Sergeants will get slightly more than three percent.

City Manager Eric Waara also said that union leaders have agreed to sit down with the city to review health care options. Insurance premiums rose 17 percent this year.

Councilors awarded a contract for some fall street projects.

Bacco Construction will receive $376,615.90 to pave Sharon Avenue between Cedar Bluff and Military; East Houghton Avenue between Bridge and Pewabic; Garnet between 6th Avenue and Houghton Avenue; Agate Street south of Champion; Fourth Street from Houghton Avenue to Douglass; and Country Lane between Sharon and Robindale. It’s hoped all can be completed before winter.

Council members put off a vote on a rezoning request that could allow the Isle Royale Seaplane station to be relocated to the west end of the city, near the UPPCO building.

The attorney for seaplane operator Jon Rector submitted a lengthy memorandum addressing the issue late yesterday, and councilors wanted time to read it, and have it reviewed by the city attorney.

Council members also put off filling a vacant seat on the Planning Commission. 11 people applied to serve the remaining three months of the term. Councilors said they were impressed with the quality of the applicants, and adopted a process to winnow the field before interviews are held with the top three candidates.

The council appointed Chelsea Peterson to the Library Board.

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