By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Members of the Iron Mountain City Council continue to be concerned about the impact that Lake Antoine Road being closed will have on the city's U.S. 2 corridor.
In his report to the council, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said that Lake Antoine Road will not be paved this year as originally planned. He said that it is possible that the Dickinson County Road Commission will allow truck traffic to resume on Lake Antoine once the road has frozen.
"I will stay in contact with the Road Commission to discuss if this will possible," Stanchina said.
Councilman Colin Jacobetti wanted to know whether the truck traffic through Iron Mountain has shown a marked increase since the road was closed.
"We need to push the county on this to open the road when it freezes over," Jacobetti said.
Stanchina said that there has been an increase in truck traffic.
"One (logging truck) is gong by every two minutes - I can tell from where my office is when they go by," he said.
"We need to keep as much traffic from downtown as much as we can - curtail the amount of truck traffic. I think the city needs to notify the county that we are not in favor of keeping the road closed when it is frozen," he said.
Council members approved a motion to have Stanchina draft a letter to the Dickinson County Road Commission expressing the council's desire to have Lake Antoine Road reopened when the roadway is frozen.
The council also discussed the vicious dog ordinance and possibly making some changes to the current ordinance. City Attorney Gerry Pirkola was asked to come up with possible language changes and will be presented to the council at the Nov. 4 meeting.
Pirkola, at Monday's meeting, said that it could be something as simple as a sentence added stating that if a dog bites someone it needs to be a serious injury before action is taken to put the dog down.
"This patterns the state law, which deals with the seriousness of an injury as cause to destroy the animal. It's better than scraping the entire ordinance and allows it to be considered on a case-by-case basis," Pirkola said.
Councilman Bob Moraska agreed that the ordinance needs to give the court full latitude to make a decision on each case based on the evidence.
Stanchina added that any serious injury from a dog bite to a child under the age of 7, according to state law, requires that the dog is put down.
Jacobetti felt that the current city ordinance gives the judge all the discretion he needs to make a decision noting that there is an appeal process built into the ordinance.
"I think this (ordinance) covers all the bases. I don't know what happened with the appeal with this Roxy dog, but it appears that the council is trying to appease the public for one situation and not thinking of other circumstance," Jacobetti said.
No action was taken by the council concerning the ordinance. The additional language changes will be brought before the council at the next meeting.
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