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Dock project at Teal Lake moving forward

ISHPEMING — A project to install docks at Teal Lake is moving forward.

A public hearing was held and a resolution was signed during the Ishpeming City Council meeting on Feb. 3 in regards to an application for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to install kayak launches at Teal Lake. The Negaunee City Council approved a resolution of support for the project and grants on Feb. 12.

The project, estimated to cost $152,000, would involve installing kayak launches — one on the Ishpeming side of the lake and another on the Negaunee side of the lake — that exceed accessibility minimum standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The resolution passed by the Negaunee City Council states that the city will commit $5,000 to the project, as well as in-kind services, installation, maintenance and care of the east side dock, if necessary and feasible.

The Rotary Club has committed $11,000 and will discuss further donations from the upcoming Rotary District Grant, meaning a possible additional $7,500 from this grant could be reserved for this project.

The city of Ishpeming will partner with the city of Negaunee to support the Ishpeming Rotary Club as the club raises funds for the project.

The city of Ishpeming and the city of Negaunee will each donate $5,000 and have budgeted for this project in 2022, provided grant approval. The community will need to raise $38,000 to match the grant funding, if awarded, as the grant will require a 25% local match.

There is also potential for grant funding through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport Grant Program, officials said previously.

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