Baraga council blocks driveway from traffic

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The village council moved to block the driveway in front of the village office from through traffic.

BARAGA — The Baraga Village Council moved to block the driveway to the east of the village offices from through traffic to prevent high numbers of vehicles driving through the residential area south of the building.

“It’s really not a road,” Councilman Paul Stark said.

The vote was unanimous. The location of the barrier should be such that it allows Baraga Fire Department and Department of Public Works vehicles access to both routes away from the garage. Simple barricades will be put up now, and cement barriers put in place eventually.

The board also received an update on the water system improvements from U.P. Engineers and Architect’s Jim Koskiniemi. MJO contracting is still trying to finish the pipe along U.S. 41 before winter. The storm sewer along 4th Street that was approved at September’s council meeting is moving forward.

“They’re out there actually putting it in,” Koskiniemi said.

However, because of the delays in paving projects caused by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) lockout of the Operating Engineers Local 324 union, Koskiniemi still can’t say whether or not 4th Street will be paved this year.

“MJO’s doing a good job right now,” he said.

The council approved the second payment on the project unanimously.