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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," Sertich said.

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.

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