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Ontonagon board mulls Lake Gogebic

October 17, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

ONTONAGON - Unprecedented low lake levels at Lake Gogebic were discussed at the regular meeting of the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

"The water level in Lake Gogebic right now is the lowest I have ever seen it," said Phil Wirtanen of the Lake Gogebic Improvement Association. "You can stand out on the shore and look out 6 feet. There's nothing but sand."

Wirtanen said another issue of concern is the spread of invasive species into the Great Lakes.

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Phil Wertinen (right at podium) of the Lake Gogebic Improvement Association addresses the board about ongoing concerns, including the falling water level and the threat of invasive species.

"The one invasive (species) that has made the greatest amount of headlines in Michigan is the Asian carp," he said.

Board members took no action following Wirtanen's informational report.

Also at the meeting to address the board was Paul Werner of the Michigan State University Extension Economic Development Programs. Werner was there to promote himself as a resource for any struggling businesses in town that might be in need of assistance.

"The best thing to do if you know someone who's having business issues or wants to start a business or who has a food product that they want to turn into a business, I'm a very good first phone call," Werner said.

In other business, board members:

approved rescheduling of the Nov. 20 meeting to Nov. 13 so as not to coincide with firearm deer hunting season.

approved in a four-to-one vote to continue the temporary employment agreement for Kelly Plutchak as the ticket clerk and continue with her current position as probation officer.

approved a revised service agreement with ACC Planned Service, Inc.

approved the appointment of Democrat Susan Churchill-Chasten and Republican Kimberly Sims to the Ontonagon County Board of Canvassers.

approved the non-elected department head vacation policy.

approved payment of $1,256 for cruising, estimating and appraising timber volume and value.

approved purchasing energy saving light fixtures. The cost of the purchase has not yet been determined.

approved the appointment of Dennis Morin as the new Ontonagon County Veterans Counselor and Trust Fund Agent.



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