February 5, 2016

City, townships move closer to getting water to development area

By Tm Barnum
Staff writer
STANDISH TOWNSHIP — Multiple developments by the Migizi Corporation, a developmental entity of the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe, are still being delayed due to the lack of water and sewer utilities available to the property where a new hotel, gift shop mall and truck stop restaurant will be erected, but the involved parties are getting closer to working out a deal — possibly at the expense of 2-percent funds.

The involved parties include a franchise made up of Standish Township, Lincoln Township and the City of Standish; and the Migizi Corporation. All four are working on a way to keep the cost as light as possible for each party.

“We’re looking at grants and possibly some 2-percent money (from the Tribe as part of its class 3 gaming revenue sharing promise),” said Lincoln Township Supervisor Dave Hertzberg. “We don’t have nothing concrete yet.”

But according to Standish City Clerk Becky Lakin, a Sept. 3 meeting at the Saganing Tribal Center produced some results, as representatives from the city and both townships agreed to use a portion of funds from the tribe to pay for a feasibility study of the developmental land.

“We’re working on trying to get a study going to find the capacity for water and sewer utilities out there,” said Standish Township Supervisor Jeff Trombley. “We’re working on it as fast as we can. … It takes time. … You got to do it right.”

Read more in issue 37 of "The Arenac County Independent," available Sept. 10.

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