2016-10-20 / Front Page

St. Ignace Gets Its Own Inspector

By Sam Morgen

Brian Olsen will contract with the City of St. Ignace to be its building inspector following state approval for the city to enforce the construction code, the city council was told Monday, October 17. Mr. Olsen will be paid from inspection fees, City Manager Les Therrian said, and he will provide an updated inspection rate sheet at Council’s November 7 meeting.

Since 2011, the city has relied on state inspectors for construction projects, which has led to delays and frustration among contractors.

Mr. Olsen is the city engineer and is also the building inspector for Moran Township.

In a short meeting, the city council learned of a grant that will pay to inventory Native artifacts from the area that are stored at Michigan State University, approved the purchase of two Tasers for the police department, and contributed $250 to the American Legion to purchase American flags for gravesites. The donation was requested by Mike Wilkins, Post Commander of American Legion Post 62 in St. Ignace, and has been contributed by the city in the past.

Indian Artifacts

More than $130,000 from the National Parks Service will pay to catalogue thousands of artifacts from the St. Ignace that are stored at Michigan State University. The inventory will be sent to Native American tribes under the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) for possible repatriation to tribes who want the artifacts returned.

Items include remains and artifacts unearthed by archeologists here or uncovered during construction and donated by property owners. The city has no record of the items being held at the university.

The Museum of Ojibwa Culture and Fort de Buade Museum both store artifacts in East Lansing and both museums received a grant. The Museum of Ojibwa Culture received $82,192 and Fort de Buade received $55,339.

Taser Purchase

Council approved $2,514.96 to purchase two Tasers for the police department at the request of Police Chief Mark Wilk. The city’s insurance company, Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, will reimburse the city $1,000.

Mr. Wilk said officers used a Taser one time in 2016.

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