City selects Tall as mayor

ESCANABA – Newly-elected council member Marc Tall will be serving Escanaba as its mayor, council decided in a 4-1 vote during Monday’s reorganizational meeting.

“I look forward to an interesting term and hope to work with the council for the betterment of everyone,” Tall commented this morning.

He added, as mayor, he also plans to work in cooperation with other governmental units – including Gladstone, Delta County and area townships – to save money.

When questioned on what the current major issues are for the city, he mentioned the power plant sale and the need for street repairs.

“Clearly, we need to conclude the chapter on the power plant,” Tall said.

The city has been working to sell the facility to Escanaba Green Energy (EGE) for nearly two years. EGE plans to convert the coal-fueled plant to burn biomass. The company is in its final stages of securing financing to purchase the property.

Tall also said a major concern for Escanaba is street maintenance which can only be accomplished through funds to pay for it. He’s hopeful the legislature will make more road funds available through legislation, he said.

Prior to being elected to city council last week, Tall had temporarily served on the board since this summer. He was appointed to fill a vacancy created when Mayor Pro Tem Brady Nelson passed away in June.

Tall had previously served on city council for a four-year term from 1998 to 2002.

During Monday’s reorganizational meeting, council member Pat Baribeau nominated former mayor Leo Evans for the mayoral position while newly-elected council member Ralph Blasier nominated Tall.

Evans asked that his name be withdrawn from the nominations. Tall was elected mayor in a 4-1 vote with council member Ron Beauchamp casting the no vote.

Evans was selected as mayor pro tem in a 4-1 vote with Beauchamp voting no.

Prior to the selection of mayor and mayor pro tem, Baribeau, Evans and Tall were all sworn into office. They were each elected to four-year council terms during the Nov. 7 general election.

Blasier, elected in a non-contested race last week, was sworn in to fill the two years remaining on Nelson’s term.

Council meets with the Electrical Advisory Committee for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at city hall.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,