New fences aim to keep people away from abandoned mining area in the town of UP


NEGAUNEE, MI – Approximately 360 feet of fencing will be installed to prevent people from entering an area with an abandoned mine in the Upper Peninsula.

Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron on Wednesday announced plans to strengthen and improve security protocols in the area of ​​town known as Old Towne. The fence is intended to prevent individuals from exploring areas which may be dangerous. The fence breaks were caused by natural phenomena or intruders, depending on the city.

The funds for this project were taken from the Parks Department’s budget line reserved for the modernization of play equipment, for an amount of $ 8,295. The fence will be installed by Marquette Fence Company in the coming days.

“It’s a costly and ongoing battle, the fences have been cut by intruders and it’s a real problem,” Heffron said. “It not only costs taxpayers money to make repairs, but also puts people at risk who may also decide to go through a fence. ”

Other concerns were also addressed, such as a new fence placed in a mine shaft on Gold Street and the addition of new signage at the Lions Club Jackson Pit Display. Heffron said new signage at all park entrances will soon be installed to remind individuals that abandoned mines are present.

Additionally, city staff worked with the Marquette County Inspector of Mines to repair any necessary fence faults.

“This is why it is very important that everyone stays on established trails or within the features of the park. Heffron said. “Future uses of the Old Town land are ongoing and the town will do everything in its power to ensure that safety is at the forefront when designing all public access sites. We are also committed to making any necessary mandatory repairs or taking additional safety measures when warranted. ”

Those who see a damaged fence or intruders should contact the Negaunee Police Department at (906) 475-4154. Questions regarding this can be directed to Heffron at 906-475-7700, ext. 11.

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