On Saturday, May 13, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through 1 p.m., the Upper Michigan Brain
Tumor Center will be hosting the 9th annual “Hope Starts Here Challenge,” which includes walking,
running and biking events.
The kids 1-mile run, the duathlon 5K runs, and the 5K and 10K runs start at Lakeview Arena, then
head east on the sidewalk on Fair Avenue, then north along the multi-use path toward Presque Isle
Park. The 1-mile run will turn around before the intersection with Wright Street. The 5K turns around
near the Dead River Bridge. 10K race continues to and around Presque Isle before returning.
Returning runners will use the multi-use path along Pine Street and then cross Pine Street to return to
Lakeview Arena.
The half marathon starts at Lakeview Arena then heads east on the sidewalk on Fair Avenue before
crossing Lakeshore Boulevard and proceeding south on the multi-use pathway. The course
continues south on the multi-use pathway to the turnaround at the Carp River. The course then
returns toward Lakeview Arena, going past Lakeview Arena and continuing to and around Presque
Isle before returning. Returning runners will use the multi-use bike along Pine Street and then cross
Pine Street to return to Lakeview Arena.
The duathlon will consist of a 5k run, 10-mile mountain bike, and 5k run. The 5k run will follow the
same route described above. The 10-mile mountain bike race will start at Lakeview Arena, cross
Pine Street and enter the Berry Events parking lot, then proceed through NMU to the pedestrian
corridor located west of Lakeshore Boulevard, in the process crossing Wright Street, Hawley Street,
Schneider Mill Court and Powdermill Road.
The walk and bike ride will start at Lakeview Arena and will use the sidewalk along Fair Ave to
NMU crossing at Presque Isle Avenue. The turnaround is at the discretion of the participant. No
roads will be closed, but the public is asked to be aware of pedestrians crossing the streets.



The community is invited to participate in an Open House with consultant Ken Czapski. The event is
scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in the Citizen’s Forum room in Lakeview Arena.
This Open House will provide community members an opportunity to speak with the consultant,
receive information, see outcomes from stakeholder meetings, comment and respond regarding the
City of Marquette Lighthouse Property Land Use plan. Light refreshments will be provided.


The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a special meeting on May 18, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the
Commission Chambers of City Hall to hear the following the following request:

• 11-VAR-05-17 – 213 N. Front Street (PIN: 0150310): Paul and Colleen Balconi are
seeking a 4-foot 3-in projection and a 11-inch projection to common lot line variances which
are building form standard variances from the City of Marquette Zoning Ordinance to allow
for the construction of deck and balcony structures located at 213 N. Front Street. The
ordinance states for Building Projections that balconies and stoops shall not project closer
than 5 feet to a common lot line. The proposed deck and balcony structures are 9-inches from
the south common lot line and 4-foot 1-inch from the north common lot line.


May 2017

We are over a month into spring and to most people that means sunshine, budding trees and flowers and more pleasant weather. To us it means a busier time with a multitude of work including, but not limited to, the opening of parks and beaches, the cleaning of streets and multiuse paths and, of course, construction.
Our two major road projects have been put out for bids and the US41/M28 Bypass and Seventh Street project have already been awarded. In case you didn’t get a chance to see one of my earlier reports, this project involves two roundabouts on the bypass, a third one on Baraga near the new hospital construction site as well as the re-construction of Seventh Street as it nears the bypass intersection. The other major road project involves the building of three more roundabouts in north Marquette. Two on Wright Street at the Lincoln Avenue and Sugarloaf Avenue intersections with the third at Presque Isle and Fair Avenues.
I apologize to all of you for the traffic congestion that this might cause but, in the end, it will vastly improve the traffic flow and safety for all who traverse our City streets and sidewalks.
I have mentioned in previous musings the many projects that have or will be occurring in the City and it seems that more are coming in every day. I’d like to take credit but the truth is that Marquette has taken on a life of its own. What staff and the City Commission can take credit for is recognizing the opportunities when they come. It seems that each new project is something a little out of the ordinary, causing all of us to think a little differently than we normally do.
A common theme among many cities in Michigan is that we should be looking at creative ways of accomplishing the success of the City. In other words, make it easier and more attractive for people to live, work and develop here. I’m thankful that the City Commission and staff see it that way as well.


Due to Executive Orders issued from the Office of the Governor, the July 27 City Commission meeting will be held without the public in physical attendance. The public is invited to view and participate in the meeting electronically.
The meeting will be streamed on Channel 191 and YouTube starting at 6 p.m. Please note that the livestreams may have at least a 20 second delay.

Public Participation
There will be two options for public participation in the meetings: phone conferencing or written comment. There will be two public comment periods during each meeting, one at the beginning and one at the end. Comments will be limited to three minutes and speakers must give their name and address. Written comments will be limited to 500 words. Written comments can be submitted directly to, written submissions will be accepted until 12 p.m. on Monday, July 27. To make a comment over the phone, please call 312-626-6799 and use Meeting ID: 826 8302 4683.
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