By JIM ANDERSON
KINGSFORD - Kingsford plans to loan its 1929 Ford Model AA fire truck to the Menominee Range Historical Foundation for display at the World War II Glider and Military Museum on Kent Street in Iron Mountain.
The city council instructed City Attorney Bruce Brouillette to draft an agreement, after hearing museum representative Guy Forstrom of Quinnesec say the truck would be a welcomed addition.
"It's in nice condition," Forstrom said at Monday's council meeting, noting the truck was once featured in parades.
In recent years, city officials said, the truck has simply been in storage.
Kingsford will propose, initially, a seven-year loan. The city will still own the vehicle and could reclaim it with a 90-day notice.
Forstrom, who was saluted by the Michigan Historical Foundation for his work in restoring Breitung Township's 1930 Model AA fire truck (equipped with 1923 apparatus), said the Kingsford truck needs only minor restorative work for display.
The main feature of the museum is a fully restored CG-4A World War II glider. From 1942-45 Ford Motor Co.'s Kingsford plant built 4,190 such gliders for use in combat operations.
Kingsford's antique fire truck was originally owned and used by the Ford plant, Forstrom noted.
In other action Monday, the Kingsford council:
- Approved Kingsford Broach & Tool's request for an Industrial Facilities Tax (IFT) exemption for its planned $2.5 million manufacturing facility at the corner of Knudsen Drive and Maule Drive. Under the state program, the company is eligible for a 50 percent property tax reduction for up to 12 years. Construction is slated for 2014. There were no public comments during a scheduled hearing on the IFT request.
- Heard Public Safety Director Tim Gussert report that so far 21 deer hunters are participating in the city's restricted archery hunt, with five deer harvested as of Monday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved 100 antlerless permits for the hunt, which began Oct. 1 and runs through Jan. 1.
- Received an update on city hall staffing, with approval granted to boost an office assistant position held by Becky Trulock from part-time to full-time. The upgrade was planned in the city's 2013-14 budget, said City Manager Tony Edlebeck. Meanwhile, two city hall clerk/administrative vacancies are to be filled after recent resignations. One of the departing employees, LeAna Lindquist, who is accepting a new job, will assist the city part-time during the transition, Edlebeck said.
- Accepted a proposal from Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain to provide services for the planned Westwood Avenue resurfacing project, provided it meets specifications. Coleman's low bid was $10,410. The only other bidder was U.P. Engineers and Architects of Iron Mountain at $14,490. The fiscal year 2014 project runs from Woodward Avenue south to Garfield Street. The Michigan Department of Transportation has committed grant funds of $251,594, covering 80 percent of the estimated cost.
- In response to an inquiry from council member Brian Smeester, heard Brouillette say he will continue to try to contact the office of State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, to follow up on Smeester's questions about state attorney generals' opinions on city council eligibility and conduct.
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