By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Council members, staff and residents took time at Monday's meeting to recognize the achievements and years of service that Councilman Ted Corombos has given to the city of Iron Mountain.
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Longtime Iron Mountain City Councilman Ted Corombos, left, is presented with a resolution from Mayor Bruce Rosen during Monday’s meeting of the Iron Mountain City Council. Corombos is not running for re-election during the general election and has served the city as both a council member and TIFA member for 35 years.
A resolution passed by the council noted that Corombos "typified the outstanding attributes of unsung public service and dedication to the city as a city council person for 11 years, four months; mayor for six years, one month; and a Tax Increment Finance Authority member for 17 years, 10 months."
The resolution further stated that Corombos "will always be remembered for his extraordinary efforts to make Iron Mountain a better and safer community in which to live."
During the past year, Corombos was instrumental in getting the city to move forward to refund its 2004 water bonds at a significant savings to the city.
Mayor Bruce Rosen noted that Corombos was instrumental in the economic growth of the city during the 35 years he has served and has been a tremendous asset to Iron Mountain.
While on the TIFA Board, Corombos was involved in investing more than $22 million in economic development for the city of Iron Mountain and this has equated to so much more with the entire south end of town being developed through these efforts, City Manager Jordan Stancina noted.
The concept of TIFA was first presented by Corombos in 1985, while he was serving as major of Iron Mountain. The council at that time gave its approval to establish the TIFA district for the city and that district existed until 2011 with the retirement of TIFA.
The district went from north to south city limits along the U.S. 2 corridor including the Industrial Park and those properties between Carpenter Avenue and Stephenson Avenue.
During the 25 year history of TIFA, the city of Iron Mountain was able to build many Iron Mountain facilities including the renovated city hall building, the new police and fire department facilities and the public works facility - at a cost of more than $5 which resulted no tax increase to Iron Mountain property owners.
Five major infrastructure projects were also created with the help of TIFA funds - new infrastructure from Econo Foods to the east city limits, storm water discharge into Crystal Lake to deal with serious drainage problems, U.S. 2 project from Kent Street to Washington Avenue along with a rebuild by the MDOT, north U.S. 2 corridor along with MDOT from the Chapin Pit to the north city limits, and south U.S. 2 corridor with a MDOT rebuild from Washington Avenue south to Michigan Avenue.
Smaller project ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 were also undertaken by TIFA to install many blocks of sidewalk in the downtown area, rebuild and pave streets and install infrastructure, repave city-owned parking lots, and purchasing and razing buildings to install parking lots.
"His impact on the community will be with us for as long as Iron Mountain is here," Rosen added.
Corombos expressed his pleasure with working with the council and city staff over the years noting he never had any intention of coming back on the council again.
"But events happened and brought about this involvement again. Without coming back on, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to work with these council members. But it's been 35 years and that's a long time. It's been great working with everyone for the city."
In honor of Corombos and his service, the council took action at Monday's meeting to rename Colombus Drive, which goes through City Park in Iron Mountain. It will be renamed Ted Corombos road or way.
Rosen said that this was an important action to take so that Corombos' legacy to the city would always be remembered.
Corombos came back to city politics in 2008 after two council members were recalled. He was elected to fill one of the unexpired terms and then was re-elected to the Ward 2 seat in 2008.
Corombos is not running for re-election on Nov. 5 for his seat on the council.
A short reception followed Monday's meeting giving people a chance to talk to Corombos and thank him for his service.
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