Ojibway Correctional Facility

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Marenisco Township Board of Trustees this week voted to allow marijuana sales at the former Ojibway Correctional Facility.

The Ironwood Globe says the vote was unanimous and changed the zoning in the area from Commercial 1 to Commercial 2.

The state shut down the prison in December of 2018 and later approved legislation to allow commercial entities to purchase the property.

Township Supervisor Bruce Mahler says a recreational marijuana shop at or near the site of the former prison could generate jobs.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Senate has approved two bills sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom.

The first would allow the state to sell the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The prison was shut down in December of 2018. McBroom says once the state sells the property a private company can repurpose the site and reemploy area residents.

LANSING, MI--   State Senator Ed McBroom and Representative Greg Markkanen have introduced bills that would allow the state to sell the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County.

The prison was closed by the Department of Corrections in 2018. McBroom says the closure meant lost jobs and diminished economic activity in the area and it’s time for the state to sell the property to a private company that would work to rebuild, repurpose and reemploy residents.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Appeals Court has turned aside a challenge to the closing of a prison in Gogebic County. 

The appeals court affirmed a decision by a judge who had dismissed a lawsuit filed by Marenisco Township and its supervisor. The community was home to the Ojibway prison. The township claimed the Corrections Department didn't follow state law and fully measure the economic impact on the community.

The Snyder administration had acknowledged that the impact would be significant. The prison employed 230 people.

The following is a press release from the office of Michigan Senator Ed McBroom:

LANSING, MI-- The following press release is from Senator Ed McBroom's office:

Sen. Ed McBroom and Rep. Greg Markkanen on Friday expressed disappointment in recent action by the state Department of Corrections (MDOC) to remove the sewer system from the site of the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marinesco.

Local and state officials have been exploring options for alternative uses for the facility, which the department shuttered in 2018.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Corrections is failing to adequately document how it determines which prisons are selected for closure, according to a recent audit report. 

The Lansing State Journal details that auditors determined in a Dec. 28 report the department failed to show how collecting information on the facilities' age, condition, economic impact and operational costs plays a role in a prison being closed.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI--   Marenisco Township will appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the Department of Corrections for closing the Ojibway Correctional Facility.

Township Supervisor Richard Bouvette says Judge Stephen Barrello didn’t read the township’s 96-page brief properly. It said the D.O.C. broke the law by not fully considering the economic impact of closing the area’s largest employer.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A judge has turned aside a legal challenge aimed at trying to keep a Gogebic County prison open.

State law requires the Corrections Department to consider the economic impact on a community when planning to close a prison. Marenisco Township claims the department didn't follow the law.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI--   Marenisco Township officials hope a judge orders the state to reopen the Ojibway Correctional Facility. 

Township Supervisor Richard Bouvette says a lawsuit filed against the Michigan Department of Corrections states the MDOC was prejudiced and didn’t follow proper procedure when it decided to close Ojibway.

“Proper procedure would have been to do a study of the area to find out if it could withstand the prison closure and it’s pretty obvious that they did not do that,” he says.