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HANCOCK — Hancock’s grant application for a Level 3 electric charging station is garnering support.

Robert Tervo, MDOT’s service center manager in Ishpeming, said the success of electric vehicles in the Upper Peninsula requires charging stations at key points everywhere.

“Readily available and consistent charging will help promote the use of electric vehicles in remote locations and reduce ‘range anxiety’ for long-distance travelers,” he wrote in a letter of support.

The fastest charger, EV 3, can charge vehicles in 30 minutes, outgoing councilor Will Lytle noted during the public comment period. The city also received a grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy for an EV 2 charger.

During the administrative report, Mayor Paul LaBine reported that the new website was online. More updates are coming to the local history section, LaBine said.

The city’s Planning Commission will also hold a public hearing on the city’s proposed zoning ordinance at 6 p.m. Monday at Hancock City Hall.

“…It’s pretty much a recession and a restatement of our current zoning ordinance,” said Mayor Paul LaBine. “It’s a fairly significant amendment, which the Planning Commission, together with the OHM and others, have been working on.”

If approved by the planning commission, it will go to Hancock City Council.

A draft ordinance is available at cityofhancock.com

The Zoning Appeal Board will also meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider zoning waiver requests for 1225 Minnesota St. and 308 Quincy St.

Hancock is launching a photo contest to help design banners for Quincy Street. The competition is expected to launch sometime next month and more details will be available on the city’s Instagram account.

Key Ingredients will also be back on July 15, the day before Canal Run.

The council will also apply for three equipment grants for a vacuum truck, a sander and a pick-up truck. Details on the grants and the required public hearing will be forthcoming, LaBine said.

The town will host a community skate party from 3-5 p.m. at the Laurn Grove Rink.

The board also:

– held a 20-second minute of silence for David Wiitanen. A former mayor of Hancock, Wiitanen also founded the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and was instrumental in establishing the Houghton County Arena.

– Reappointed Bob Wenc and Andy Lahti to the Planning Commission. Their three-year terms will end on February 15, 2025.

– Reappointed John Diebel and Ryan Heinonen to the Downtown Development Authority. Their four-year terms will end on January 31, 2026.

– Approved $12,153.26 in payments for Phase 2 of city sewer repairs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency

– Approved a resolution of intent to seek funding for Bill 51 from the state.

– Approved the previously approved Hancock Leisure Plan in November 2020.

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Clifton L. Boyd