Tree stand gets reprieve

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Shown here, trees are marked for possible removal off of Lighthouse Road, southeast of the cemetery. The KBIC is asking Baraga to allow their removal to improve parking for its powwow.

BARAGA — The Village Council took no action Tuesday on a request by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) for permission to remove around 40 trees on property owned by the village.

The stand of trees is located along the west side of an access road that runs between the Ojibwa Campground and the cemetery.

“A decision couldn’t be made tonight, after looking at it,” Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire said, citing concerns of liability and the ambiguity of the project.

“We wanted to see a plan,” Village President Wendell Dompier said.

According to the request, KBIC hoped to have the trees removed to improve parking for the powwow scheduled July 27-29.

“That’ll be on hold until October or September,” LeClaire said.

Police Chief Irvin Smith reported 32 complaints but no arrests for the month of June. He and Officer Matt Shalifoe also attended Strategos training at Michigan Technological University for active shooter situations.

“We try to get in three or four scenarios,” Smith said.

This is the fourth time Smith has taken part in the trainings, which last about four hours each.

“We had lots of help from Bay Ambulance volunteers” who help staff the scenarios, he said.

The village is also struggling to complete the walking trail from Zeba to Sand Point, partly because of construction costs but also because an easement wasn’t approved. The budget is $110,000 short according to LeClaire.

“We’re working with the DNR to possibly go through their land,” she said.

Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility also requested up to $13,000 in help to run electricity to its shooting range, but no action was taken.

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