Council makes appointments, updated on community projects

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Trustee Tony Smydra gives a status report on projects around Ontonagon.

ONTONAGON — The Village Council made three new appointments to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) at its meeting on Monday.

Chris Schultz, Bryan Hamilton and Maureen Guzek were appointed to the DDA. Of the three, both Schultz and Hamilton were new to public office.

Sarah Wagner was also unanimously re-appointed to the Recreation Committee for a three-year term.

“She is a very instrumental and key person on the committee. She took an incredible lead and provided significant guidance with the tree planting,” said Tony Smydra, a Village Council trustee who serves on the Recreation Committee.

Smydra later gave an update on a few of the ongoing projects undertaken by various village committees. Among that list was the tree planting project by the Great Lakes Conservation Corps.

A total of 1,000, 3-foot trees were planted in the Ontonagon area of the Lake Superior watershed. All the planted trees need to be watered in the coming weeks, he said.

The Greenland Road School cleanup was another recent project in the community. It attracted 25 volunteers, who all worked to sort and find a new home for materials left in the 1967 portion of the new school.

“It went very quickly,” Smydra said.

He said the project was completed before noon, far faster than anticipated.

The School Committee conducted a pre-cleaning that same week and examined the condition of the onsite playground equipment. There will be a discussion at the next committee meeting about what equipment should be repaired.

Smydra also updated the council on the lake shore beach project, with DDA and Recreation Committee members recommending the Village Council approve the operation of a food truck and offer opportunities for other vendors. The groups also requested council approval of the extension of Michigan Street to connect with River Street.