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Posted: Monday, 12 August 2013 8:50PM

St. Joseph Commission To Vote Next Monday On Acquiring Lighthouses



The St. Joseph City Commission will vote next week on taking ownership of the lighthouses on the North Pier from the federal government. City Manager Richard Lewis tells WSJM News the city won't have to pay to take over the buildings, but does have to come up with the money for repairs and maintenance.

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Some of the critical items include asbestos removal and other projects to prevent further deterioration. Lewis says the city will look for grants and seek private money for the project, and if needed, might have to request a quarter-mill tax. He says that would come to about $18 a year for the owner of a $150,000 home. The city commission is expected next week to accept the deed for the lighthouses, kicking off a timeline to get an Historic Structures Report done along with bid solicitation and other reviews. St. Joseph was home to the first lighthouse on Lake Michigan's Michigan coast in the early 1800s, just months after Chicago's first lighthouse.

   

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