Signed grant agreement will fund Abbaye County Park improvements

Vanessa Dietz/Daily Mining Gazette Greg Kingstrom of U.P. Engineers & Architects, left, acquires a signature to administer a grant for improvements for Point Abbaye County Park from Baraga County Board Chairman Mike Koskinen. Also pictured are Clerk Wendy Goodreau and Commissioners Bill Rolof and Pat Reilley.

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Point Abbaye County Park got a little closer to getting some enhancements, as part of a state grant.

Funded with a $45,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Passport Recreation Grant, the county park project entails building a restroom, six-foot-wide access path, crushed stone parking lot and campsites — all to enhance access for all visitors, including those with disabilities.

Greg Kingstrom, from U.P. Engineers & Architects, explained the $60,000 total project includes a $15,000 local match.

Kingstrom was on hand to get the Houghton company’s $5,900 agreement signed to administer the grant for the county and provide design, bidding and construction administration for the project, which is set for completion by March 31, 2019.

In addition to signing the agreement, the board designated Clerk Wendy Goodreau to sign future paperwork pertaining to the project.

In other action, the board adopted two resolutions requested by the U.P. Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) due to potential changes in state law.

One resolution was to protect a program providing long-term in-home services to U.P. residents called the MI Choice Program UPACC says would be discontinued in a bill passed by the Michigan Senate.

The other resolution was to preserve the public mental health system, in particular the current regional entity UPACC established called the NorthCare Network, which it says would be nullified according to Senate and House budget recommendations.