Like many local cities, Coleraine is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan. The move is in response to a recent decision by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation agency that up-to-date comp plans would be required of cities applying for grant funding beginning in 2015.
The city is seeking public input in that process at a Town Hall meeting scheduled this week on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at Nyberg Community Center. All are welcome to attend.
City Clerk Sandy Bluntach informed the city council at its meeting Monday that she had advertised the Town Hall meeting in local media outlets. The council later passed a motion to provide refreshments at the event.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the May 27 council meeting.
• Passed a motion to open Cotton Beach on Saturday, June 14 at noon.
• Appointed Todd Lawson and Lee Mattfield as the city’s representatives to the Joint Fire Board.
• Passed a motion in support of further development of a city music festival in Longyear Park.
• Discussed the city’s zoning ordinances as they pertain to Centennial Acres, which was annexed from Grand Rapids Township in 2009. City Attorney John Dimich noted that he’s witnessing some inconsistency in zoning application in the annexed area. The city often maintains dual zoning ordinances – one for the city and one for Centennial Acres. Dimich suggested reviewing past practices during the comprehensive planning process.
• Voted to schedule a meeting with representatives from AFSCME and a city employee, regarding a grievance filed on loss of pay. Mayor Mike Antonovich and Councilor Lee Mattfield voted against the action.
• Tabled a decision on scheduling a public hearing to amend the city’s animal control ordinance.
• Authorized the mayor to sign paperwork necessary for water level observation wells.