Baraga Council holds millage steady, approves master plan

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Urban planner Pat Coleman summarizes Baraga’s new master plan at Tuesday’s Village Council meeting.

BARAGA — Once again, Baraga’s millage rates will be unchanged for the next fiscal year.

The council on Tuesday approved keeping the existing millages of 8.6357 mills for operating expenses and 1.5203 mills for street work.

The village is expected to capture 0.83 percent less in taxes in 2018, going from $130,866 to $129,805.

Village President Wendell Dompier said the rate has been the same for several years.

The council also approved a master plan at its Tuesday meeting. It inventories the village and describes the conditions, including any issues or problems, said Pat Coleman of the urban planning company North of 45.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Baraga Village Council members from left, Tony Cerroni, Jeannine Mayo and Paul Stark look through documents during Tuesday’s meeting.

Sections of the plan include land use, community facilities, public safety, downtown development, economic development and recreation.

An implementation section describes goals, strategies, responsibilities and suggested timeframes.

Goals included for 2018 include a water system improvement project and corresponding Asset Management Plan, pursuing funding for Zeba to Sand Point Trail segments in the village and adopting and enforcing blight and rental inspection ordinances.

“I think it’s a good plan,” Coleman said. “There’s nothing really big in terms of pie-in-the-sky kind of things. They’re small actions that can keep you on the road to moving the village forward, making it a better place to live, attract business and recreation.”

The process began with public involvement meetings last summer conducted by Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University, Coleman said.

A May draft of the plan can be found at villageofbaraga.com.

There was no public comment at public hearings on either the millage rates or the master plan at the meeting.

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