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      Tensions run high in Ishpeming's City Council

      Tensions ran high at Tuesday morning's special Ishpeming City Council meeting as three of its members face a recall election.

      The meeting was initially called by Councilwoman Claudia Demarest to clear the air after a contentious meeting last Friday where, Demarest claims, disparaging remarks were said about her and other council members by Councilman John Stone.

      Demarest, Elaine Racine, Michael Tall all face recall, after they voted to deny the transfer of retirement benefits to former police chief Jim Bjorne.

      During Tuesday's meeting, Demarest also took issue with a flyer recently circulated in a Mining Journal paper which encouraged Ishpeming residents to vote in favor of recalling the council members.

      Mayor Pat Scanlon and Demarest had a heated exchange regarding the flyer and the financial consequences of the ongoing Bjorne case.

      "Are you directing the council with these comments or are you directing the TV camera?" asked Mayor Pat Scanlon.

      "I'm directing the council," replied Demarest.

      "This isn't for public display," Scanlon said.

      Demarest continued on despite Scanlon's dissatisfaction.

      "And it also states on here that the city is not insured to cover the costs according to Mayor Scanlon. That is an untruth," Demarest said.

      "The law suit will cost the taxpayers of the city money," Scanlon said.

      Ishpeming's City Attorney agreed with Scanlon's statement, saying the legal costs exceed the city's insurance policy.

      The next scheduled council meeting is Wednesday at 7 p.m.