Ontonagon approves recreation plan

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Village Council members, left to right, John Hamm, Tony Smydra, Bruce Seid, Marcia Aho-Black and Ken Waldrop approved a recreation plan for the village on Monday.

ONTONAGON — After months of work and discussion the final draft of the Ontonagon recreation plan has gone on for approval.

After the Village Council unanimously approved the recreation plan at their Monday meeting, it will now go to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for approval.

The approval came after a previous public hearing for the 2018-22 plan.

President Ken Waldrop thanked the recreation commissioners for their hard work.

“Most of parts three, five, six and seven were done in house with lots of discussion,” Waldrop said.

“If you haven’t read it yet, please do. As Joe said, it’s very comprehensive,” said Tony Smydra, a trustee on the recreation commission.

The plan has been in progress since 2016 and is ahead of the March 31 deadline, he reported.

Smydra recommends viewers pay particular attention to page 40 where the high priority projects are listed with their proposed year and funding sources.

“There’s a lot of other stuff (in the recreation plan), which are the wishes if we had a boatload of money, these are all things that would be nice but what we’re looking to make happen starts on page 40,” Smydra said.

The three categories include village and township recreation and marina projects.

In 2018 signage and park facilities are due for improvement, marina docks and piers are suggested for new paint, and rental cabin and playground are listed for improvements.

The plan is viewable on the village website.

In other activities Village Manager Joe Erickson gave his report, noting that following a water system inspection from the Michigan Department for Environmental Quality (MDEQ), meetings have been set up with GEI Consultants and the Water Committee to discuss issues and pricing.

“Most of the deficiencies are being addressed by our engineer in the proposed water system upgrades,” Erickson said.

Erickson also continues to work on the budget but noticed an issue with wage and benefit allocation in the Water Fund. He will need to ensure payroll account numbers correspond with those on the general ledger account and expects to have the draft completed by the next meeting.