(Iron Mountain - December 05, 2017) - The Iron Mountain City Council
on Monday approved a two year permit for the annual East Chapin Pit car plunge,
rather than the single year permits which have been issued in the past.
The action came on a request from the sponsoring organization, the Rotary Club
of Iron Mountain and Kingsford.
The event has actually drawn world wide
attention, and has been featured in tourist journals around the Nation.
The vehicle is first stripped by Rotary Club volunteers of any materials which
might pose a threat to the environment. It is then placed on the ice, and
participants are invited to "wager" on when the car will break through the ice.
The vehicle is attached to shore by a cable making removal from the pit
relatively easy. However, last year the cable broke loose from the vehicle,
making retrieval far more difficult. The Rotary Club spokesperson said that a
lesson was learned, and that this problem should not occur again.
year permit puts the City in line with the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality, which had issued the group a five year permit. This is year four of
that permit period. Mayor Dale Allesandrini said he favored the two year permit
because it aligns the City with the DEQ. Should a subsequent permit be issued by
the DEQ, the Rotary Club will have to return to the City for additional
permitting by the Council.