Township sewage lagoon search expanded
By Jacqueline Perry
The Mining Journal Ishpeming Bureau
Published January 6th, 2005
NEGAUNEE - Negaunee Township officials have expanded their
search for the open lagoon site they tentatively planned
to construct near Morgan Meadows.
Officials decided to further study their options Tuesday
during a work session, after listening to citizens voice
concern about locating the lagoon behind Marquette Township's
Morgan Meadows subdivision.
"The lagoon could possibly be placed about 40 acres
west of the current site or 40 acres northwest of the
current site," Clerk Rachel Sertich said this morning.
"These are strictly potential options. Nothing has
been decided at this time."
The lagoon would initially provide sewer needs for the
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Ojibwa II casino, which
the tribe is planning to relocate from Chocolay Township
to the former Marquette County Airport grounds. However,
Negaunee Township's intent is to construct a system that
would also benefit its plans to develop the township along
the U.S. 41 corridor, Sertich said.
U.P. Engineers & Architects has been working with
the township to determine the cost of building a lagoon
system. The firm now will estimate costs at the new locations
and the discharge location. The township originally considered
discharging from Morgan Pond to Morgan Creek to the Carp
River and then to Lake Superior. Now it will consider
discharging directly into the Carp River.
"If the costs are agreeable to the parties involved,
including the KBIC, then we would work with the property
owners to acquire the desired land for the lagoon project,"
The township hopes to have the results in time for its
7 p.m. Tuesday meeting, but the firm has indicated a report
may not be available until the following week, she said.