Baraga readies to move ahead with trail project

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette Baraga Village Council Board members LeAnn LeClaire, left, Nick Lozier, Sandra Johnson, Wendell Dompier and others discuss continuing with the second phase of the trail project with the KBIC.

The Baraga Village Council will continue with Phase 2 of the trail project that is a combined effort with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

At the village council meeting on Tuesday evening they announced the approval of a $300,0000 grant for Phase 2 of the trail, from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

According to village manager LeAnn M. LeClaire, it is a motorized trail.

“The first phase will begin in the Spring and go from the Sand Point Lighthouse in Baraga to Zeba in L’Anse,” said LeClaire.

The second phase is said to go from Baraga Marina to Baraga State Park.

There is no current projected end date, said LeClaire.

Other news presented at the meeting included the approval to disburse the village’s five-year master plan.

The plan is a standard recreation plan, said LeClaire. They are working with the U.P. Engineers and Architects, inc. who say that it is 90 percent complete.

After the plan is completed and submitted, it will be sent out for comment from the public. It will be available on the village website.

The council also debated whether they should make a contribution to the Baraga Shrine.

“It’s something good we can contribute to,” said council member Sandra Johnson.

Others worried who the funds would go to.

Village President, Wendell Dompier said they would “look into” the idea.