Keweenaw Cty. approves county land for bike trail

EAGLE RIVER – The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the use of county land for a bike trail proposal from the Copper Harbor Trails Club at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Aaron Rogers, club president, said about a quarter-mile of the project is on county property. The club plans to use a small piece of land on the north side of Brockway Mountain Drive to connect to property owned by Grant Township. The trail will be specifically for bicycles, and will only be intended for downhill traffic, Rogers wrote in a proposal to the board.

The section on county land is in the vicinity of the county’s upcoming cellphone tower, Rogers said.

The tower is still under construction, but Rogers said the club can be flexible.

“The section of trail that’s going to be on county property is not a super-expensive piece of trail, so if it comes to the point where there’s any kinds of issues with it, we can move around it,” he said. “… It won’t interrupt the trail at all. We’ll make it so they can work around it.”

Rogers said the club will cover the cost of the trail, which will be about $60,000.

In other action, the board:

passed a motion of support for a white paper put together by the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Planning Group.

tabled a motion to purchase a phone and recording system for the sheriff’s department. The county will investigate purchasing the same system for the courthouse.

approved advertising for bids for forest harvesting at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Chair Don Piche said the logging will consist of an area of dying trees; if not taken care of within two to three years, the wood would be worthless, he said loggers have told him. Commissioner Ray Chase said the logging would not interfere with scenery or access.

approved designating Peninsula Fiber Network as the primary 911 service supplier for the county, which will switch over to Peninsula’s common network. Sheriff Ron Lahti said 13 of 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula were already with Peninsula.

designated Commissioners Randy Eckloff and Del Rajala to review applicants for four spots on the Houghton-Keweenaw Recreation Authority.

approved a contract with Equalization Director Tom Novascone for $25,000.

approved remonumentation contracts with Crampton Surveying for $10,976 and Hein Surveying for $13,476.

tabled a motion for a county credit card.