2017-06-29 / News

Council Gives McCann Field Lease Extension Final Approval


St. Ignace Assistant Fire Chief and Councilman Steven Paquin accepts a $1,000 donation from Enbridge Energy Community Liaison Emma Cook during the council’s Monday, June 19, meeting. The money will be used by the fire department for purchasing wild land turnout gear. St. Ignace Assistant Fire Chief and Councilman Steven Paquin accepts a $1,000 donation from Enbridge Energy Community Liaison Emma Cook during the council’s Monday, June 19, meeting. The money will be used by the fire department for purchasing wild land turnout gear. Extending the city’s lease of the McCann Street athletic field from 2020 to 2040 was finalized by the St. Ignace City Council Monday, June 19, completing a process begun June 5. The lease extension paves the way for the construction of new bleachers at the site this year.

Planning Commission Chair Betsy Dayrell-Hart presented the council with drafts of the city’s proposed new sign ordinance Monday as the commission seeks its feedback on the topic. The councilmembers will be able to review the drafts at their own pace, then tell the commission what they believe needs to be changed before the city holds a public hearing for the ordinance. The draft required almost two full years of development and has been extensively amended from the city’s existing ordinance.

A resolution was approved by the council giving the MINIS on the Mack crossing of the Mackinac Bridge Saturday, August 5, the final go-ahead. Downtown Development Authority Director Deb Evashevski said the direction of the crossing is being reversed this year; the Minis will now start in St. Ignace and travel across the bridge to Mackinaw City before returning to St. Ignace. Mrs. Evashevski said all the major event crossings of the Mackinac Bridge featuring street-legal vehicles organized by St. Ignace organizations will now be starting in St. Ignace, while others such as the Trek the Mighty Mac off-road vehicle crossing and the annual antique tractor parade will still begin in Mackinaw City.

The St. Ignace Fire Department received a $1,000 donation from Enbridge Energy through the company’s Safe Community grant program during Monday’s meeting. St. Ignace’s Enbridge Community Liaison Emma Cook presented the funds to Councilman and Assistant Fire Chief Steven Paquin. Mr. Paquin told The St. Ignace News the money will be used for purchasing wild land turnout gear for the department, to be used for responding to emergencies in wooded areas.

The fire department works with Enbridge for safety training, including both taking an online course and participating in an in-person class session related to learning about responding to pipeline-related emergencies. The energy company provides the services free of charge. Enbridge has made donations to both the fire department and the St. Ignace Police Department, as well as other municipalities along its pipeline, over the years.

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