public meetings

MARQUETTE, MI--   State Senator Ed McBroom wants to hear from businesses having problems with rail service in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. 

Two meetings are scheduled next week for customers who are encountering a lack of service in the region.

“Well, we have businesses reporting an unwillingness from the rail companies to work with them. Rail is going right by but the company doesn’t want to stop or wants to charge enormous fees,” McBroom says.    

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials are meeting with the public this fall to take suggestions on managing state-owned forest lands.

The Department of Natural Resources says careful planning is needed to keep Michigan's 4 million acres of state forest land healthy.

The agency makes final plans for each forest management unit two years in advance of when management activities such as prescribed burns, timber harvests or tree thinning will take place.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials are kicking off a series of public discussions about the future of twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

They'll take feedback on a consultant's report analyzing options for Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5, which runs between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. A nearly 5-mile-long segment lies beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which links Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Taylor. The others will be Dec. 12 in St. Ignace and Dec. 13 in Traverse City.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of U.P. meetings to discuss its five-year transportation program and the State Transportation Improvement Program.

The plans will be presented and discussed at public input meetings in Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba, and Houghton. Each meeting will run from 3 to 5 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court won't stop the University of Michigan's governing board from holding some closed meetings.
The appeals court affirmed a lower court decision in favor of the university. The 3-0 ruling was released Wednesday.
The Detroit Free Press argued that the Board of Regents closes so-called informal meetings in violation of Michigan law and the state Constitution. In response, regents say the meetings are information sessions and no votes are taken.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Federal officials are hosting two meetings in Michigan this week to discuss options for preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan through waterways in the Chicago area. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report this month with eight alternative plans for stopping migration of the voracious carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.

Michigan Technological University

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   The National Park Service plans to hold public meetings in Minnesota and Michigan on Isle Royale's wolf population. 

Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green says the meetings will be held to explain the island's wolf predicament, offer new information and take public suggestions.

John Pepin / Mining Journal

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City and Township of Marquette are holding meetings this week to talk about trucking routes through the area.  

The City Commission has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Commission chambers.  It will take input from all interested parties on a proposed truck route ordinance that would designate eight routes within the city and restrict trucks over 10,000 pounds elsewhere. 

But the proposal does not include a route through the city to and from County Road 550.  Officials cite public safety concerns.

IRONWOOD, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is holding a series of meetings across the state to discuss a possible wolf hunting season.  

DNR Wildlife Division staff will discuss various management techniques—including a public harvest—then hold a question-and-answer session with attendees.  The public will also be asked to complete a survey regarding a possible hunt. 

All meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. local time:

Tuesday, March 12; Gogebic Community College, David Lindquist Student Center, Ironwood

ISHPEMING, MI--   Residents will get a chance to tell Rio Tinto what they think about operations at the Eagle mine so far at a meeting Wednesday in Ishpeming. 

The Company recently unveiled its “community scorecard”—a questionnaire about the mine’s hiring practices, safety, and environmental performance in the previous six months.  Rio Tinto will gather resident feedback and present the resulting scores to the community.