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Invasive species clogging Chassell bay

November 15, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Watermilfoil, the invasive plant species, was a subject of discussion at Wednesday night's Chassell Township board meeting.

The species has been found in Chassell Pike Bay and is known for clogging the water, making it difficult for swimmers, anglers and boats.

"We're trying to see what can be done about it, because apparently it just gets completely out of control," Supervisor David Mattson said. "It plugs the whole bay at some point."

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From left, Treasurer Kelly Holmes, Supervisor Dave Mattson, Clerk June Michaelson-Haataja and Trustee John Ruotsi discuss the invasive plant species Watermilfoil at the Chassell Township Board’s Wednesday meeting.

Mattson added there are fears it might get into Lake Superior.

Another issue of discussion for the board was the sewer system lift station generator, which is in need of repair.

"I did some research about certified used ones," Mattson said. "They're harder to find than I thought. To get one from a dealer that's going to warrant it, it looks like the prices aren't that much different from a new one."

The board also approved the transfer of three bank accounts from Wells Fargo to Superior National Bank.

"I talked with our auditors and they recommended whatever's in the best interest of the township and they recommended Superior National Bank. It's more convenient because I work (there) and quite frankly, the interest rates are a lot better," said Treasurer Kelly Holmes

In other news, the board:

approved the millage rates for December.

discussed unpaid dumpster bills.



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