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      Marquette delays truck ordinance

      Ninety days, that is how long the Marquette City Commission will postpone the public hearing on the city's truck route ordinance.

      The proposed ordinance would have designated eight trucking routes and commercial trucks carrying more than 10,000 pounds would not be allowed to travel within the city.

      "Based on some meetings we had just this morning with Lundin and some other interested parties, that we've maybe reached a partnership kind of solution to both Lundin's problems and our problems," said Mike Coyne.

      Marquette City Commissioner Mike Coyne said as the city continues to work out an agreement with Lundin Mining, the city will also consider a new truck ordinance that will be less of a burden for all of the parties involved.

      "I think the bottom line is we need to control where trucks can go in a safe manner," Coyne said.

      The city of Marquette is concerned with the amount of damage mining truck traffic would cause to the roads. The city said after a few years, the roads would be completely destroyed, and at the intersection of Wright Street and Sugar Loaf Avenue, it would cost $10 million to repair.

      If the city cannot come to an agreement after 90 days and the proposed restrictions on truck traffic are not loosened, business owners, like Jim Carey, would have a hard time delivering woodchips to Northern Michigan University.

      The woodchips are used in the school's biomass unit which provides up to 18 percent of the school's electricity.

      "There's so much commerce that goes on all around Marquette that needs those roads to get through. Every product that we use is delivered on trucks. We could have 10 trucks a day going into Marquette," said Carey

      Although a new truck ordinance has not been written, members of the Marquette City Commission said their goal is to keep the roads and residents safe.