Rogers City to give notice of eviction for tower

ROGERS CITY — An eviction notice soon will be served to the company that still has equipment on the former water tower.

City Attorney Michael Vogler discussed the notice at during city council’s meeting Tuesday.

“We did submit an application (Tuesday) for an eviction order for the water tower,” he said.

The council voted to tear down the former water tower last year in September.

Right now equipment from SpeedConnect is still on the tower.

“We have a good price on metal to get that tower down. It’s looking highly unlikely based on most recent communications. We have an eviction but we still have an underground power supply to that. So they couldn’t come in even if there was a cancellation until that is eliminated,” City Manager Joe Hefele said.

He said if things don’t move forward the city can go to the power company, show it the eviction papers and ask the power company to discontinue the power source.

Mayor Pro Tem Gary Nowak said the city should do whatever is legal.

Hefele said whether it’s this winter or early spring Isler Demolition is ready to put the tear-down project on its schedule.

“If we’re able to evict I think we’ll want to cut the power so as to not allow or give them any more opportunity to delay. They don’t belong there,” Mayor Tom Sobeck said.

The rest of the council echoed this sentiment.

There was a unanimous vote to request electric service be discontinued to the former tower.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.