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Jibba Jabba in jeopardy

State nixes street closure

December 15, 2011
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer (gneese@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - A three-day carnival may replace the Jibba Jabba Rail Jam this winter.

The annual snowboarding competition is held on Huron Street in Houghton.

"They like to have the whole street, and the state says no ... if they're not able to do it, we want to keep something going in downtown for the kids," said Mayor Pro Tem Robert Megowen.

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Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette
A Jibba Jabba Rail Jam competitor is seen in this file photo. Due to state restrictions, the annual Houghton event may be replaced by a three-day carnival in 2012.

The proposed carnival, which would take place outdoors at Dee Stadium, would include events such as ice bowling.

In other action, the council:

adopted policies regarding fraud and Internet/email use for city employees.

opted out of State Senate Bill 7 health care provisions for 2012. In the meantime, City Manager Scott MacInnes said, they would look into how the bill's provisions could be reconciled with the state's revenue-sharing restrictions.

approved the collection of Copper Country Intermediate School District taxes on the Summer 2012 tax bills.

heard an update on the management plan for the Pilgrim River watershed.

heard a report from Department of Public Works Supervisor Mark Zenner. The recent warm weather has led to more patching than usual, which Zenner said could deplete the 30 tons of cold patching purchased last fall.

heard a report from Police Chief John Donnelly. Since the previous meeting, there have been 118 complaints, five misdemeanor arrests, one felony arrest, 15 civil infractions and one city ticket. There were also 18 accidents, with one injury.

heard a report on downtown. Christmas at the Carnegie will be held on Saturday. MacInnes said the remodeled Lunch Bag will reopen on Monday. MacInnes has also been meeting with Small Business Association of Michigan looking at tools for business retention downtown.

 
 

 

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