Major Ontonagon improvements moving forward

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette SynSel Energy executives lead the Ontonagon Labor Day parade serving as the marshal.

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Economic Development Corporation (EDC) continues to see much needed major projects move forward.

The Wednesday meeting saw two new board members begin their leadership after appointment by the County Board last month.

The former two vacancies are now occupied by Kip McIntyre, business owner of Pat’s Motorsports in Greenland and Jim Bobula, Superintendent and Principal of Ontonagon Area Schools.

The SynSel Energy biofuel plant is still moving forward and reportedly progressing well. Meetings were held in the area last week to look at the site plans.

The other major area of concern, the harbor dredging also appears to be on track. A full dredge job appears to be on schedule for spring of 2019 as requested by local officials.

“Hopefully in the spring we can get the river dredged and start setting up contacts with businesses we know would like to offload on the EDC dock and start getting a new revenue stream coming in for us,” said EDC president Sue Preiss.

A few businesses have already reached out expressing interest despite the lack of promotion due to the closure and lack of funds.

For the time being the EDC is relying on the support of the community for operation and donations are up.