The city of Coleraine has set a date for a public hearing to rezone property at the request of Magnetation.
In a letter to the city’s planning commission, Magnetation’s Manager of Environmental, Land and Governmental Affairs Michael Twite requested that the city rezone property owned by the mining company from tourism/recreational to industrial.
Magnetation requested the rezone in order to move forward with Plant 4 construction, planned for north of the Canisteo Pit.
The company plans to begin construction on the project in the first quarter of 2014 and to complete the new plant within 12 months of the start date. Company executives said the project would add 160 jobs.
The council scheduled the public hearing for Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a grant application submission to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation agency public works program for the Coleraine Golf Course Maintenance Building project. City Engineer Bob Beaver told the council the building would be a 120x140 foot structure with an estimated construction cost of $300,000. The application already was submitted to the state economic development agency due to an Oct. 15 deadline.
• Discussed obtaining more information on possible repairs to the city’s library.
• Noted that emergency services collaboration talks are moving forward. A collaboration meeting took place last week with another scheduled for this week.
• Approved a motion to allow the state to pick a mediator regarding the city’s detachment issue.
• Passed a resolution to submit a grant to the IRRRB for the installation of solar energy for the planned Coleraine/Bovey Emergency Services Building.
• Approved a pay estimate of $70,248 to Hawkinson Construction for work completed on the Roosevelt Parking Lot project. The pay estimate included a change order in the amount of $20,800.
• Tabled a decision on the rezone of property along Highway 169 from tourism/recreational to industrial. The council held a public hearing on the matter Sept. 23.
• Tabled a decision on the city’s proposed rental ordinance until Mayor Mike Antonovich could be present. The council held a public hearing on Oct. 14.
• Took no action on setting the date for a public hearing to discuss adoption of an ordinance declaring premises uninhabitable without water service.