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Public Hearing for Budget 4.22.24

There will be a Public Hearing for the proposed 24/25 budget for the City of Bessemer. This will be at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting April 22nd, 2024 at 6 PM.

You can view a copy of the proposed 24/25 budget here. You may also request a paper copy by visiting Bessemer City Hall, 411 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911. If you need aids to understand, read, view, or otherwise participate in the budget hearing, please contact the Clerk’s office at (906) 663-4311 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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Looking for Summer Workers

The City of Bessemer is looking for Summer Workers: three (3) 90-day positions and one (1) 120-day position. To apply pick up an application at Bessemer City Hall, 411 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911 and make sure to return it by April 26, 2024.

The City of Bessemer is hiring summer workers for the summer of 2024. Responsibilities will include patching roads, mowing, cleaning up town, and assisting the Department of Public Works. Start and end dates are flexible. There are three (3) positions available for 40 hours a week for 90 days at $15/hr. and one (1) position available for 40 hours per week for 120 days at $15/hr.

Requirements to apply:

  • Must be 16 years or older and have valid driver’s license
  • Must be capable of physical labor and be able to lift up to 35 lbs

To apply pick up an application at City Hall, 411 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911.

Applications must be returned by 4:00 PM April 26th, 2024, in order to be considered for the position.

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Request for Qualifications – Code Enforcement Officer

Request For Qualifications

The City of Bessemer is searching for a contractor to conduct code enforcement and blight services to assist in enforcing ordinances and reducing blight within city limits.

The contractor will be responsible for, but not limited to:
• Becoming familiar with city codes and ordinances.
• Canvasing all the city streets and roads for code and blight infractions.
• Citing properties for code infractions, including writing citations using provided forms, working with property owners to address issues, and following up on citations issued.
• Attending court when needed.
• Upholding federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
• Providing monthly reports to the City Manager on the number of citations issued and the number of issues resolved.
• Providing recommendations to the City Council for changes to local ordinances and regulations as the contractor deems important.
• Assisting the City Manager on code enforcement and blight-related issues as needed.

Skills & Experience
The City of Bessemer will consider a variety of skills and experience. Skills and abilities required, but not limited to:
• Communication, including written and verbal communication.
• Problem-solving
• Conflict resolution
• Accountability
• Ability to prioritize tasks.
• Ability to take direction.
• Ability to work well with others.
Preferences will be given to contractors who have previous experience in code enforcement and law enforcement.

Equipment Needed
The contractor will need to bring their equipment, including a cell phone and a vehicle. A valid driver’s license will be required in addition to the vehicle. The contractor will be reimbursed for mileage driven within city limits at the current IRS reimbursement rate.

Working Hours
This position will work an average of 15 hours per week between March 1st and October 31st of the calendar year with the majority of working hours being recorded between June 1st and September 31st of the calendar year. Working hours are adjustable to the contractor’s schedule.

Pay is negotiated depending on qualifications.

Potential contractors can email their qualifications to Chris Frazer, City Manager at or mail them to:

Chris Frazer
City Manager
411 S Sophie St
Bessemer, MI 49911

The City of Bessemer will accept applications until the position is filled.

EDIT 3/4/24: Updated average hours from 20 to 15 hours. 

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2024 Combined Board of Review Schedule

2024 Combined Board of Review for Bessemer City, Bessemer Township, Wakefield Township, and Erwin Township

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 5 PM
Organizational Meeting at Bessemer Township Hall
10338 Mill Street, Ramsay, MI 49959
Monday, March 11th, 2024 at 9 AM to 3 PM
Wakefield Township Hall
414 North County Road 519, Wakefield, MI 49968
Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 at 2 PM to 5 PM
Erwin Township Hall
N8908 Van Buskirk Road, Ironwood, MI 49938
Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 at 5 PM to 6 PM
Bessemer Township Hall
10338 Mill Street, Ramsay, MI 49959

All meetings are open to members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act

This notice is posted in compliance with Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended. The Open Meetings Act, MCL41.72a (2) (3) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Jeff Randall, Bessemer Township Supervisor, at 906-667-0423 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

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**Up to $300K in Grant Funding for Small Manufacturers**

Small and medium-sized manufacturers can get up to $300,000 to improve efficiency, productivity and emission levels with the Industrial Assessment Centers Implementation Grant Program. To view more information and apply for the grant, click the link below.

What it pays for: With support from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, firms can use a 50% cost share to act on qualified energy assessments.

Deadline: The next application review is Mar. 31.

DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Implementation Grant Program – Open Solicitation (

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DDA 2022-2023 TIF Presentation – PA 57 of 2018

Per PA 57 of 2018, the City of Bessemer’s Downtown Development Authority is required to present how it is spending the Tax Increment Financing Funds twice a year. The next two presentations will be held February 14th at 6 PM and February 26th at 6 PM. The meetings will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers and will be followed by a regular meeting of the Downtown Development Authority on February 14th and a regular City Council meeting on February 26th.

If you have any questions, please to contact the DDA Administrator at 906-663-4311 ext. 4 or via email at

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To All Qualified Electors in Gogebic County

Notice is hereby given by resolution of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners under authority granted in Public Act 81 of 2023, that the location of early voting site for all Federal and Statewide election dates will be the following:

Name: Gogebic County
Address: 200 N. Moore Street
Conference Room (Basement)
Bessemer, MI 49911

All qualified electors in Gogebic County have the right to mark a ballot and deposit the ballot in a tabulator beginning the second Saturday before an election and ending the Sunday before the election. Early voting will be available at the early voting site for the following (CST) hours:

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30 8:30-4:30

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Clerk’s Office at 906-663-4518: Email:

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that any qualified elector of the City of Bessemer who is not already registered, may register to vote at the office of the City Clerk; the office of the County Clerk; a Secretary of State branch office, or other designated state agency. Registration forms can be obtained at and mailed to the City Clerk. Voters who are already registered may update their registration at

The last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk is Monday, February 12, 2024. After this date, anyone who qualifies as an elector may register to vote in person with proof of residency (MCL 168.492) at the City of Bessemer Clerk’s office, located at 411 S. Sophie St., Bessemer, MI 49911 at the following times:

• Regular business hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, February 24th, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Election Day, Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the purpose of the Presidential Primary Election is to nominate candidates from the Democratic and Republican Party for the Office of President of the United States.
Full text of the ballot may be obtained at the City of Bessemer Clerk’s office, 411 S. Sophie St., Bessemer, MI 49911, telephone: 906-663-4311. A sample ballot may be viewed at

Mandy Lake
City of Bessemer Clerk