Ishpeming City Council moves forward with fixing the city's fire tower

Published: Nov. 6, 2019 at 10:47 PM EST
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The Ishpeming City Council took a step forward during Wednesday night’s regular meeting to repair the city’s crumbling fire tower.

The fire tower was rebuilt in 2002, but that brick is currently failing.

The city consulted with two engineering firms that recommend the structure is stabilized before winter.

Securing the tower would cost around $10,000, but that is only a temporary fix.

City officials said once the tower is secure, they will conduct more research to decide the next step for the spring.

"They are finding broken brick up on the facade of the tower, so there appears to be a problem with the brick material that was used and now we are starting to get pieces falling off of it, so we either have to wrap it or do something so that it's safe for the public,” said Mike Tonkin, Mayor of Ishpeming.

The Ishpeming City Council unanimously agreed on Wednesday evening to move forward with stabilizing the fire tower.

Both engineering firms said they do not think it will collapse now, but that it needs to be stabilized.

The City Council also heard an update on the search for a new city manager.

Three interviews for the position will be taking place on Friday morning.

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