Baraga council leader heading toward 20 years

BARAGA — Wendell Dompier is running unopposed for the seat of president on the Baraga Village Council. He’s currently finishing his 20th year as village president. He also serves as chairman of the Bay Ambulance Board and board of the Michigan Association of Mayors. He was on the board for the Michigan Municipal League for three years.

One of Dompier’s major goals is to build the walkway around Keweenaw Bay to Sand Point. Another is to install a boardwalk along the marina, but much of the work is dependent on funds from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, according to Dompier.

“They’re hard to get,” he said.

Dompier also puts high value on helping businesses in the village and attracting new ones to move in.

During his time leading the board so far, they’ve cleaned up the marina, fixed some roads and the children’s park, and “a lot of the routine stuff that you do for the village.”

Dompier has lived in Baraga most of his life. He’s married with 4 kids and 3 grandchildren. He retired from the Ojibwa Casino after 26 years.