Battling blight in the U.P.

The Marquette County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night made a move toward eliminating blight in the county by applying for a grant through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. It’s a cooperative effort between Marquette, Luce and Ontonagon counties for funding to demolish rundown properties.

A decision on the application will be made sometime in June.

Chairman Gerry Corkin said, “If you live in a community with blighted buildings, they’re eyesores and a danger, many times, to people living in them – especially young people – and, you know, sometimes become inhabited for activities that aren’t exactly healthy for the community.”

Also Tuesday night, Marquette County Sheriff’s Office personnel were recognized for ‘Marquette County Police Officer of the Year’ and ‘National Correction Supervisor of the Year.’ Recently retired Undersheriff Jack Schneider was also recognized as he is now passing the reigns on to Michael Klein, who was most recently with NMU Public Safety.

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