Wakefield Township Board sets budget

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP – The Wakefield Township Board met Tuesday and considered next year’s budget, which must be in place by March 31, according to supervisor John Cox. The 2017-’18 fiscal year budget did not require any amendments, according to Cox. The 2018-’19 budget had multiple highlights called out to the board. Resident garbage collection will remain at the $10 rate for […]

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MDOT awards County 519 project $4.7 million grant

By RICHARD JENKINS rjenkins@yourdailyglobe.com LANSING — Much like the road itself, a more than $4.7 million state grant announced Wednesday to improve County Road 519 is intended to smooth the way for the development of the Copperwood copper mining project in northern Gogebic County. The $4,775,321 state transportation economic development grant is designed to help fund a Gogebic County Road Commission project to reconstruct 13 miles of County […]

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Wakefield Township sets goals for 2018-19

WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP – The Wakefield Township Board recently adopted goals for the years 2018-19. “The Board has been adopting annual goals since 2008 and many have been reached,” said Township Supervisor John Cox. “ In additional to our regular governmental functions, these goals help drive our township to improve together, and to determine where taxpayer funds will be spent.” The township goals for 2018-19 include: […]

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Wakefield Township renews energy agreement

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com Wakefield TOWNSHIP — Wakefield Township’s 30-year franchise agreement with Xcel Energy was about to expire, so the township board renewed it with Michael BeBeau from Xcel in attendance Tuesday. Township chairman John Cox said he has lived in many places over the years and is pleased with the energy provision by Xcel in the township. The board discussed which roads are scheduled for chip […]

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MDNR issues use permit to Copperwood for drilling

WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP —  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a use permit to Copperwood Resources Inc., a subsidiary of Highland Copper, to resume winter exploration of a one-mile section of the westernmost portion of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Gogebic County work will determine if the eastern extension of a mineral deposit first explored in the 1950s might feasibly be mined, enlarging […]

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December Newsletter 2017

Download the PDF version: NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017 M-28 TO BE CLOSED NEXT SUMMER AT THE JACKSON CREEK BRIDGE EAST OF WAKEFIELD. RE-ROUTE WILL BE US-2 TO M-64. M-28 will be closed next summer so that the Jackson Creek Bridge can be removed and replaced, and the approaches upgraded. When the project is completed the public will have a safer and wider bridge. Details of the […]

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M-28 closing for three months in 2018

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Wakefield Township Board was informed Tuesday by supervisor John Cox that M-28 is scheduled for a three-month closure in the summer of 2018 to replace the bridge on Jackson Creek. Cox said the township has a handful of residents who live on the eastern side of the creek, which introduces challenges regarding garbage and mail deliveries. Cox […]

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Wakefield receives Highland Copper update

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com Wakefield TOWNSHIP — Tim Lynott, of Highland Copper, briefed Wakefield Township regarding progress to open the Copperwood mine in the township. The ecological mitigation from the damage caused by the early thaw is complete, according to John Cox, supervisor. Lynott wanted to know if the township was prepared to work on County 519 and the increased traffic the mine will bring to the road. […]

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Highland Copper to meet with Wakefield Township

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — Tim Lynott, of Highland Copper, will talk to Wakefield Township officials at today’s meeting, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Following Lynott, is a report from the assessor and notes from the trails meeting. All three of the elements carry financial implications for the township and local residents. Multiple new pieces of correspondence have been received by the […]

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State reimburses Wakefield Township

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — Wakefield Township, in partnership with the city of Wakefield, spent $1,700 more than it received in a grant to dispose of old tires in the township and city during spring clean-up. The township and city figured they were going to have to eat the cost over-run, but according to John Cox, township supervisor, the state and Department of […]

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