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L’Anse addresses council vacancy

October 23, 2012
By STEPHEN ANDERSON - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

L'ANSE - John VanDusen, L'Anse Village Council member, will be taking a military leave of absence to Afghanistan starting at the beginning of 2013, and Monday the council addressed how to temporarily fill that vacancy.

"It was brought up because the rules weren't very clear on this," Village Manager Bob LaFave said in a phone interview this morning. "We passed a set of rules that dealt specifically with certain exemptions."

Those with medical conditions or military leave are able to depart and the council will have 30 days to fill the vacancy with a temporary council member. Once the departed council person returns, the temporary individual would be done with their term but could run for re-election.

In other business at Monday's meeting the council:

approved $30,000 in financing through Superior National Bank for a new piece of Pettibone equipment for the Department of Public Works garage. The village will use the money to supplement the $20,000 it received for selling older pieces of equipment.

approved a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development draw request totaling $326,476.87 to pay for work on the village's water project.

heard an update from Greg Fish, water and wastewater superintendent, about the continued work at the water plant and a tank, as part of the water project.

"Painters have been making good progress on the tanks. Pumps for plant we'll be receiving by the end of this month through next month," said LaFave in summary this morning.

heard an announcement about Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region's Baraga County strategic plan project. A public forum will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at L'Anse Junior/Senior High School's cafetorium to discuss the strategic plan and introduce a community survey.



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