New harbormaster for Baraga Marina

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette When the Baraga Marina reopens this year, Jason Chaudier will be the new harbormaster.

BARAGA — The Village Council approved approving a new harbormaster, tax collection services, and a culvert project at its Tuesday meeting.

An agreement was approved for Baraga Township to take over tax collection for the village and then forward the villages portion after collection, according to village manager LeAnn LeClaire. This will allow for residents to pay their taxes in one place instead of two.

The council approved an agreement with U.P. Engineers and Architects (UPEA) to draw up a plan to replace the culvert under Hemlock Street, which has begun to deteriorate and allow erosion of the road above.

The council selected Jason Chaudier as the harbormaster for 2019. When the marina reopens, Chaudier will be in charge of collecting fees, helping boaters and operating the bait shop.

LeClaire reported the village did not qualify for a trust fund grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for $300,000 to put toward the trail in development from Zeba to Sand Point. She said the village will continue reapplying until they get the necessary funding.

The new linemen for the village, contracted through WPPI Energy, have started and assume full responsibility for the power lines in Baraga and L’Anse on Feb. 1.

The council also approved payments to UPEA and MJO Contracting totaling $113,530. The payments are for the work on the Baraga water system, currently on hold for the winter, that are taking place along U.S. 41, 3rd and 4th Streets and M-38. The funds originate with a $1.91 million loan and a $1.7 million grant from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Fund.