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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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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Internet coming to Wakefield Township

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Wakefield Township board met Wednesday and received good news in discussions with Brandon Yuchasz from Gogebic Range.net. The township is looking at partnering with Gogebic Range.net to connect to the government internet line running along U.S. 2 from lower Michigan to Duluth. The township was too far off the grid to get connected when initially installed, but […]

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Wakefield township, city split tire disposal costs, apply for trail grants

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — The township met on Tuesday evening for one hour and settled all agenda items without much fuss. The township came to an agreement with the city of Wakefield that if the $7,000 grant for tire removal does not cover the cost of removal for all the tires brought in, the township and city would split the costs of […]

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Wakefield council judges cleanup a success

By ISABELLE KLEINSCHMIDT news@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD — Members of the Wakefield City Council addressed the success of the recent citywide clean-up at Monday’s meeting. “We had a fantastic turnout, and great volunteers,” said Mayor Joe DelFavero, adding a total of over 60 tons of material were brought in by city residents for the event. Wakefield Township also participated in the cleanup, bringing the total waste cleaned […]

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Wakefield city, township hold joint clean-up effort

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — Today begins the first joint Wakefield Township-city of Wakefield clean-up. It includes tires and other refuse. The clean-up day is available to township and city residents only and no commercial businesses, according to John Cox, township supervisor. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provided a grant to the township and city for tire removal. Cox said he expects […]

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