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Government

City of Crystal Falls

401 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-3212 City Council Meets Every 2nd Monday at 5:30pm.

Mayor

Patrick Sommers 132 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-6032 First Elected: November 2012 as Councilor Elected as Mayor: November 2014 Term Expires:  November 2018

Councilors

Jeffrey Hagglund 602 Adams Street Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 282-2384 First Elected:  November 2008 Next Elected: November 2014 Current Term Expires:  November 2018 Michael McCarthy 400 South 5th Street Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 367-6666 Appointed:  December 2014 Current Term Expires:  November 2016

City Manager

Dorothea Olson (906) 875-3212 ext 101

City Clerk/Treasurer

Tara Peltoma (906) 875-3212 ext 103

Utility Clerk

Tammy Hendrickson (906) 875-3212 ext 102

City Assessor

Patti A. Roell (906) 875-3212 ext 104

Chief of Police

Tim Bean (906) 875-3012

City Facts

Population: 1, 469 (2010 census) Fiscal Year: October 1 - September 30 Acres:  2,095.55  (3.27 square miles) 2014 Tax rate: 19.0863 mills (city only) Full Time Employees:  14 CRYSTAL FALLS IS A HOME RULE CITY GOVERNED BY THE HOME RULE CITY ACT AND THE CRYSTAL FALLS CITY CHARTER U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT #1 STATE SENATE DISTRICT #38 STATE HOUSE DISTRICT #110

Iron County Courthouse

VISIT THE IRON COUNTY WEBSITE AT http://www.iron.org The Iron County Courthouse in Crystal Falls, Michigan, an imposing castle-like structure built in 1890 stands at the head of Superior Avenue commanding a view of the main street of the City and the scenic panorama of the valley at its feet. On a clear day one can stand on the tower balcony and see neighboring Iron Mountain across the hills some 20 miles away. The brick structure, described as "to the Queen’s taste" and "the finest building Northwest of Milwaukee or Detroit" in 1891, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in February 1975 – the first such site to be named in the Iron County area. THE STEALING OF THE IRON COUNTY COURT HOUSE While the Iron County Courthouse is now a national landmark, many people will recall the lore which surrounds it and bold political larceny assigned to its origins. When the state legislature set off Iron County form Marquette County in 1885, the City of Iron River, Michigan, was designated temporary county seat. A permanent site was to be chosen later by election. Neighboring Crystal Falls, older but by a few months and more densely populated, cherished the title of county seat. The "Stealing of the Courthouse" has been the topic of many a conversation and article. It is somewhat difficult to separate the fact from fiction. Most versions of the story agree that a poker game was arranged to follow a board of supervisors meeting in the temporary courthouse. The game was at its height at the Old Boyington Hotel. Two Crystal Falls, men, Frank Scadden and Bert Hughitt, left the game pretending to go upstairs to bed. Instead, the sneaked out and back to the temporary courthouse. Treasurer Hughitt cleared the safe of all county records, loaded them on a sled and took them to the railyard where they were loaded into a boxcar. The two men took the records to Stager, the oldest station in the County, and then they were put into safe keeping – some say in hollow pine trees, other in the Mastodon Mine. The election was held in 1888. Again, stories about importing lumberjacks for the election, destroying ballots of opposing votes, and registering votes from the cemeteries are accorded to both communities. Crystal Falls won the election by a scant margin of five votes. However, on February 28, 1889, a resolution was adopted to remove the County seat to Iron River and that matter placed before the electors at the ensuing spring elections. Election results showed a total of 2,193 votes cast on the issue with 1,050 favoring removal and 1,142 being against the proposed change. This appears to have settled the controversy, and as the stipulation exacted by the taxpayers vote at the launching of the County, that no courthouse be constructed for a period of five years, was not nearing fulfillment, the more public spirited leaders turned their energies in this direction. A committee recommended the raising of $30,000 for the purpose and that the proposition be placed before the electors at the forthcoming annual Township elections. The bond issue was approved by a vote of 1,164 to 567, and on April 22, the Board proceeded with the steps necessary to carry out the mandate. J.C. Clancy, an architect of national reputation, designed the building, characteristic of the Romanesque revival period with its high-pitched roof, high windows, deeply arched doorways, and exterior ornamentation. The contractor for the building was Louis A. Webber, whose low bid of $26,470 was accepted by the County Board. However, Webber had some problems in completing his contract due to personal illness and the County Board was forced to call in another contractor to finish the work. The total cost rose to about $40,000. Work on the building started in July 1890. By November the walls were erected as high as the ceiling on the second story and part of the roof was on. In February 1891, plastering and the installing of black oak were in progress. By May the tower was near completion and the 17-foot high statues of Law, Mercy, and Justice were placed in position. The clock in the tower was not added until some time later, the funds being by public subscription. It was wound weekly by a succession of local jewelers. The clock, made by one of the finest clock companies in the United State, the Howard Company, has four faces, and according to one jeweler, one of the biggest problems is keeping the hands on all sides synchronized. In the early days, before electrification, the weights, wound by a windlass, took fifteen to twenty minutes to wind. The largest weight for the strider weighs about a half-ton. Beneath the clock on a balcony is a huge bell, which on a clear day could be heard over four miles away. The hammer, which strikes the bell, weighs over fifty pounds. The bell is hung on eight by eight timbers that were replaced in 1974. During World War II, the balcony was used for air watches by the Civilian Defense. The clock bell is no longer allowed to ring as the vibration causes damage to the deteriorating tower and building.

Crystal Falls Community District Library

237 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-3344 The library is open Monday through Saturday. Some of the services provided by the library are: Public computers Videos Books on tape Daily & weekly local newspapers Kids reading programs Copy service Fax service BOOKS To learn more about the Crystal Falls Community District Library log on to their website located at http://www.uproc.lib.mi.us/CrystalFalls/.

Downtown Development Authority

The DDA meets on the 2nd Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Crystal Falls at 1:30 p.m. Would you be interested in serving on this progressive organization??  If so, call Mike Fergusen, Chairperson, at (906) 875-4505

Master Plan

Click here for the Master Plan.

Meeting Minutes

 

Planning Commission

This commission meets four times each year or as often as needed  (meeting dates are posted in advance at City Hall).  The meetings are open to the public. Planning Commission Members: Carol Azan 705 Marquette Avenue Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-3561 Term expires: 4/30/2017 Marlene Bicigo 4 Marquette Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 Term expires: 4/30/2015 Harold Robbe (Chairperson) 300 Williams St Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-4367 Term expires: 04/30/2016 Councilor Jeff Hagglund 602 Adams Street Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 282-2384 City Manager Dorothea Olson 401 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-3212 ext 101 email: cfclerk@up.net Mark Ahola 520 North 6th Street Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906)  Term expires: 4/30/2017 Shelby Harrington 133 N. River Street Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-3822 Term expires: 4/30/2015 Keith Stachowicz (Vice Chair) 524 S. 4th St Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-7402 Term expires: 04/30/201 Mayor Patrick Sommers 132 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 284-0732

City Ordinances

The links below link to each ordinance and are all in a printable format, however, if you have difficulty printing and wish to obtain a copy of any of these ordinances, please contact the City Clerk's office at (906) 875-3212 ext 103. This page is still under construction and some of the ordinances listed below may not be available at this time.  To obtain a copy of these ordinance contact the City Clerk's office at (906) 875-3212 ext 103.  Thank you for your patience while we construct this site for you. GENERAL ORDINANCES Ordinance No. 1       To Repeal All Preceding Ordinances Ordinance No. 1.01   Residency Requirement Ordinance No. 1.02   Planning Commission Ordinance No. 1.03   Retirement – City Paid Ordinance No. 1.04   Establish Downtown Development Authority Ordinance No. 1.05   Establish Compensation Commission Ordinance No. 1.06A Designate Enforcing Agency – Electric Code Ordinance No. 1.07   Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. Franchise Ordinance No. 1.08   Telecommunications Ordinance Ordinance No. 1.09   Authority to Lease Real Property Ordinance No. 1.10   Authority to Convey Land + Amendment Ordinance No. 1.11   Establish Charges for Fires Ordinance No. 1.12   Payment in lieu of taxes (Crystal Manor) PUBLIC ORDINANCES Ordinance No. 2       Public Nuisances Ordinance No. 2.01  Curfew Ordinance Ordinance No. 2.02  Disorderly Conduct Ordinance No. 2.03  Disabled Motor Vehicles Ordinance No. 2.04  Dismantling of Refrigerators Ordinance No. 2.05  Pit Bull Terriers-REPEALED 10/11/04 Ordinance No. 2.06  Vicious Animals Ordinance No. 2.07  Animal Nuisance Ordinance No. 2.08  Prohibiting Solicitation of Business on Private Property Ordinance No. 2.09  Electrical Interference Ordinance No. 2.10  Non-Fluoridation of Water Ordinance No. 2.11  Permits & Tap-on Fees for Public Utilities Connection Ordinance No. 2.12  Regulating Cross Connection – Water Supply System Ordinance No. 2.13  Outside TV or Radio Receiving Antenna  REPEALED Ordinance No. 2.14  Lien on Real Estate for Unpaid Utility Bills Ordinance No. 2.15  Noise Ordinance Ordinance No. 2.16  Burning of Combustible Materials Ordinance No. 2.17  Regulating the Disposition of Garbage, Wastes, & Sewage Ordinance No. 2.18  To Prevent, Reduce, or Eliminate Blight, Blighting Factors or Causes of Blight Ordinance No. 2.19  To Provide for the Removal of Snow from  Public Sidewalks on Superior Avenue Ordinance No. 2.20  To Prohibit the Feeding of Deer within the City of Crystal Falls. Ordinance No. 2.21  To Regulate the use of ORV's on City Streets. Ordinance No. 2.22  To Regulate the use of Outdoor Furnaces. Ordinance No. 2.23  The Water System Ordinance. REGULATING TRAFFIC AND PARKING Ordinance No. 3       Uniform Traffic Code Ordinance No. 3.01  Legislative Changes to Uniform Traffic Code Ordinance No. 3.02  Parking Ordinance No. 3.03  Prohibit Vehicles on City Property Ordinance No. 3.04  Prohibit Trucks from Certain Streets Ordinance No. 3.05  Obstructions on Public Streets Ordinance No. 3.06  Regulating Taxicabs and Automobiles for Hire Ordinance No. 3.07  Legislative Changes to Uniform Traffic Code ZONING Ordinance No. 4 (AS AMENDED) ZONING ORDINANCE Ordinance No. 4.01  Subdivision Ordinance BONDS Ordinance No. 5       Water Supply System Revenue Bonds Ordinance No. 5.01  Hospital Equipment Revenue Bonds Ordinance No. 5.02  Sewage Disposal System Revenue Bonds Ordinance No. 5.03  Power Plant Automation Revenue Bonds
Crystal Falls, MI
City of Community Pride
(906) 875-3212
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Government

City of Crystal Falls

401 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-3212 City Council Meets Every 2nd Monday at 5:30pm.

Mayor

Patrick Sommers 132 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-6032 First Elected: November 2012 as Councilor Elected as Mayor: November 2014 Term Expires:  November 2018

Councilors

Jeffrey Hagglund 602 Adams Street Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 282-2384 First Elected:  November 2008 Next Elected: November 2014 Current Term Expires:  November 2018 Michael McCarthy 400 South 5th Street Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 367-6666 Appointed:  December 2014 Current Term Expires:  November 2016

City Manager

Dorothea Olson (906) 875-3212 ext 101

City Clerk/Treasurer

Tara Peltoma (906) 875-3212 ext 103

Utility Clerk

Tammy Hendrickson (906) 875-3212 ext 102

City Assessor

Patti A. Roell (906) 875-3212 ext 104

Chief of Police

Tim Bean (906) 875-3012

City Facts

Population: 1, 469 (2010 census) Fiscal Year: October 1 - September 30 Acres:  2,095.55  (3.27 square miles) 2014 Tax rate: 19.0863 mills (city only) Full Time Employees:  14 CRYSTAL FALLS IS A HOME RULE CITY GOVERNED BY THE HOME RULE CITY ACT AND THE CRYSTAL FALLS CITY CHARTER U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT #1 STATE SENATE DISTRICT #38 STATE HOUSE DISTRICT #110

Iron County Courthouse

VISIT THE IRON COUNTY WEBSITE AT http://www.iron.org The Iron County Courthouse in Crystal Falls, Michigan, an imposing castle-like structure built in 1890 stands at the head of Superior Avenue commanding a view of the main street of the City and the scenic panorama of the valley at its feet. On a clear day one can stand on the tower balcony and see neighboring Iron Mountain across the hills some 20 miles away. The brick structure, described as "to the Queen’s taste" and "the finest building Northwest of Milwaukee or Detroit" in 1891, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in February 1975 – the first such site to be named in the Iron County area. THE STEALING OF THE IRON COUNTY COURT HOUSE While the Iron County Courthouse is now a national landmark, many people will recall the lore which surrounds it and bold political larceny assigned to its origins. When the state legislature set off Iron County form Marquette County in 1885, the City of Iron River, Michigan, was designated temporary county seat. A permanent site was to be chosen later by election. Neighboring Crystal Falls, older but by a few months and more densely populated, cherished the title of county seat. The "Stealing of the Courthouse" has been the topic of many a conversation and article. It is somewhat difficult to separate the fact from fiction. Most versions of the story agree that a poker game was arranged to follow a board of supervisors meeting in the temporary courthouse. The game was at its height at the Old Boyington Hotel. Two Crystal Falls, men, Frank Scadden and Bert Hughitt, left the game pretending to go upstairs to bed. Instead, the sneaked out and back to the temporary courthouse. Treasurer Hughitt cleared the safe of all county records, loaded them on a sled and took them to the railyard where they were loaded into a boxcar. The two men took the records to Stager, the oldest station in the County, and then they were put into safe keeping – some say in hollow pine trees, other in the Mastodon Mine. The election was held in 1888. Again, stories about importing lumberjacks for the election, destroying ballots of opposing votes, and registering votes from the cemeteries are accorded to both communities. Crystal Falls won the election by a scant margin of five votes. However, on February 28, 1889, a resolution was adopted to remove the County seat to Iron River and that matter placed before the electors at the ensuing spring elections. Election results showed a total of 2,193 votes cast on the issue with 1,050 favoring removal and 1,142 being against the proposed change. This appears to have settled the controversy, and as the stipulation exacted by the taxpayers vote at the launching of the County, that no courthouse be constructed for a period of five years, was not nearing fulfillment, the more public spirited leaders turned their energies in this direction. A committee recommended the raising of $30,000 for the purpose and that the proposition be placed before the electors at the forthcoming annual Township elections. The bond issue was approved by a vote of 1,164 to 567, and on April 22, the Board proceeded with the steps necessary to carry out the mandate. J.C. Clancy, an architect of national reputation, designed the building, characteristic of the Romanesque revival period with its high-pitched roof, high windows, deeply arched doorways, and exterior ornamentation. The contractor for the building was Louis A. Webber, whose low bid of $26,470 was accepted by the County Board. However, Webber had some problems in completing his contract due to personal illness and the County Board was forced to call in another contractor to finish the work. The total cost rose to about $40,000. Work on the building started in July 1890. By November the walls were erected as high as the ceiling on the second story and part of the roof was on. In February 1891, plastering and the installing of black oak were in progress. By May the tower was near completion and the 17- foot high statues of Law, Mercy, and Justice were placed in position. The clock in the tower was not added until some time later, the funds being by public subscription. It was wound weekly by a succession of local jewelers. The clock, made by one of the finest clock companies in the United State, the Howard Company, has four faces, and according to one jeweler, one of the biggest problems is keeping the hands on all sides synchronized. In the early days, before electrification, the weights, wound by a windlass, took fifteen to twenty minutes to wind. The largest weight for the strider weighs about a half-ton. Beneath the clock on a balcony is a huge bell, which on a clear day could be heard over four miles away. The hammer, which strikes the bell, weighs over fifty pounds. The bell is hung on eight by eight timbers that were replaced in 1974. During World War II, the balcony was used for air watches by the Civilian Defense. The clock bell is no longer allowed to ring as the vibration causes damage to the deteriorating tower and building.

Crystal Falls Community District

Library

237 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-3344 The library is open Monday through Saturday. Some of the services provided by the library are: Public computers Videos Books on tape Daily & weekly local newspapers Kids reading programs Copy service Fax service BOOKS To learn more about the Crystal Falls Community District Library log on to their website located at http://www.uproc.lib.mi.us/CrystalFalls/.

Downtown Development Authority

The DDA meets on the 2nd Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Crystal Falls at 1:30 p.m. Would you be interested in serving on this progressive organization??  If so, call Mike Fergusen, Chairperson, at (906) 875-4505

Master Plan

Click here for the Master Plan.

Meeting Minutes

 

Planning Commission

This commission meets four times each year or as often as needed  (meeting dates are posted in advance at City Hall).  The meetings are open to the public. Planning Commission Members: Carol Azan 705 Marquette Avenue Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-3561 Term expires: 4/30/2017 Marlene Bicigo 4 Marquette Avenue Crystal Falls, MI  49920 Term expires: 4/30/2015 Harold Robbe (Chairperson) 300 Williams St Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-4367 Term expires: 04/30/2016 Councilor Jeff Hagglund 602 Adams Street Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 282-2384 City Manager Dorothea Olson 401 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-3212 ext 101 email: cfclerk@up.net Mark Ahola 520 North 6th Street Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906)  Term expires: 4/30/2017 Shelby Harrington 133 N. River Street Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 875-3822 Term expires: 4/30/2015 Keith Stachowicz (Vice Chair) 524 S. 4th St Crystal Falls, MI  49920 (906) 875-7402 Term expires: 04/30/201 Mayor Patrick Sommers 132 Superior Avenue Crystal Falls, MI 49920 (906) 284-0732

City Ordinances

The links below link to each ordinance and are all in a printable format, however, if you have difficulty printing and wish to obtain a copy of any of these ordinances, please contact the City Clerk's office at (906) 875- 3212 ext 103. This page is still under construction and some of the ordinances listed below may not be available at this time.  To obtain a copy of these ordinance contact the City Clerk's office at (906) 875-3212 ext 103.  Thank you for your patience while we construct this site for you. GENERAL ORDINANCES Ordinance No. 1       To Repeal All Preceding Ordinances Ordinance No. 1.01   Residency Requirement Ordinance No. 1.02   Planning Commission Ordinance No. 1.03   Retirement – City Paid Ordinance No. 1.04   Establish Downtown Development Authority Ordinance No. 1.05   Establish Compensation Commission Ordinance No. 1.06A Designate Enforcing Agency – Electric Code Ordinance No. 1.07   Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. Franchise Ordinance No. 1.08   Telecommunications Ordinance Ordinance No. 1.09   Authority to Lease Real Property Ordinance No. 1.10   Authority to Convey Land + Amendment Ordinance No. 1.11   Establish Charges for Fires Ordinance No. 1.12   Payment in lieu of taxes (Crystal Manor) PUBLIC ORDINANCES Ordinance No. 2       Public Nuisances Ordinance No. 2.01  Curfew Ordinance Ordinance No. 2.02  Disorderly Conduct Ordinance No. 2.03  Disabled Motor Vehicles Ordinance No. 2.04  Dismantling of Refrigerators Ordinance No. 2.05  Pit Bull Terriers-REPEALED 10/11/04 Ordinance No. 2.06  Vicious Animals Ordinance No. 2.07  Animal Nuisance Ordinance No. 2.08  Prohibiting Solicitation of Business on Private Property Ordinance No. 2.09  Electrical Interference Ordinance No. 2.10  Non-Fluoridation of Water Ordinance No. 2.11  Permits & Tap-on Fees for Public Utilities Connection Ordinance No. 2.12  Regulating Cross Connection – Water Supply System Ordinance No. 2.13  Outside TV or Radio Receiving Antenna  REPEALED Ordinance No. 2.14  Lien on Real Estate for Unpaid Utility Bills Ordinance No. 2.15  Noise Ordinance Ordinance No. 2.16  Burning of Combustible Materials Ordinance No. 2.17  Regulating the Disposition of Garbage, Wastes, & Sewage Ordinance No. 2.18  To Prevent, Reduce, or Eliminate Blight, Blighting Factors or Causes of Blight Ordinance No. 2.19  To Provide for the Removal of Snow from  Public Sidewalks on Superior Avenue Ordinance No. 2.20  To Prohibit the Feeding of Deer within the City of Crystal Falls. Ordinance No. 2.21  To Regulate the use of ORV's on City Streets. Ordinance No. 2.22  To Regulate the use of Outdoor Furnaces. Ordinance No. 2.23  The Water System Ordinance. REGULATING TRAFFIC AND PARKING Ordinance No. 3       Uniform Traffic Code Ordinance No. 3.01  Legislative Changes to Uniform Traffic Code Ordinance No. 3.02  Parking Ordinance No. 3.03  Prohibit Vehicles on City Property Ordinance No. 3.04  Prohibit Trucks from Certain Streets Ordinance No. 3.05  Obstructions on Public Streets Ordinance No. 3.06  Regulating Taxicabs and Automobiles for Hire Ordinance No. 3.07  Legislative Changes to Uniform Traffic Code ZONING Ordinance No. 4 (AS AMENDED) ZONING ORDINANCE Ordinance No. 4.01  Subdivision Ordinance BONDS Ordinance No. 5       Water Supply System Revenue Bonds Ordinance No. 5.01  Hospital Equipment Revenue Bonds Ordinance No. 5.02  Sewage Disposal System Revenue Bonds Ordinance No. 5.03  Power Plant Automation Revenue Bonds
Crystal Falls, MI
City of Community Pride
(906) 875-3212
Courthouse Library City Charter Planning Commission Meeting Minutes Downtown Develop. Authority Master Plan Freedom of Information Act TIF Plan / District City Ordinances Crystal Falls Township