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PAGE 5 Hillman school district may have to levy more in taxes to cover expenses Hillman's school district will likely levy more in taxes in order to keep up with ex- penses. At the regular school board meeting, Oct. 14, Mark lanke, auditor, said the dis- trict is paying out $30,000 more each year in costs for the debt fund than it is re- ceiving in local rev- enues. PAGE 7 NICO TUCKER, transportation director for the Northeast Michigan Council of Govern- ments, shows his graph depicting the conditions of roads. His presentation took place at a recent membership meeting for NEMCOG. Federal funding is now allowed for use of preventative road maintenance Ya.e Sw w There might be fewer Staff reporter roads in poor condition now that federal funding is allowed to be used for preventative road maintenance: At a membership meeting for the North- east Michigan Council of Governments on Oct. 17, Nico Tucker, transportation director for NEMCOG, said his organiza- tion has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation and local road commissions to get roads rated. Transportation asset management, he said, is an ongoing process of maintain- ing, upgrading and operating assets cost- effectively based on a continuous physi- cal inventory and condition assessmert. In 2013, 1,580 miles of roads were rated. Tucker said he is in the process of post- ing data online with interactive maps. He used graphs at the meeting to illustrate the current conditions of roads. A high percentage of roads are in poor condi- tion, and he said one factor is that federal funding was not allowed to be used for preventative maintenance until the last coupl e of years. "Maybe we won't see so many poor roads," Tucker said. Rick Deuell, project planner for NEMCOG, discussed the importance of the development of master plans as the responsibility of planning commissions, and he also explained the Thunder Bay Riverscape plan. According to Deuell, that plan respects and embraces the working waterfront, mixed uses and recreational featres and will be used to access funding for im- provements to the river corridor. National The plan recommends an integrated treatment of shoreline areas that will take into account wildlife habitat, fish habitat, invasive plant species, water quality and resource conservation. Denise Cline, regional planner for NEMCOG, gave an update on the Heri- tage Route 23 and Lip North Trails initia- fives. Heritage Route 23 will be renamed Michigan Byway, she said, because people are more apt to discover it under the term byway. A website for Up North Trails is in the process. Currently being developed is the mapping of secondary asset points. Northern Michigan has more than 4,000 miles of trails, and some are ranked the best trails in the United States. About 50,000 road and trail bicycling guides were recently printed for distribution. Governor Rick Snyder is on a mission to create 10 regions that all state offices will conform to, including NEMCOG. Diane Rekowski, director for NEMCOG, said there are currently 14 such organizations and there will soon only be 10 with her organization taking on three more coun- ties. Rekowski said NEMCOG is looking at having to develop a five-year prosperity plan that includes economic develop- ment, workforce, adult education and transportation. Things are changing in the state, she said, but she's open to the change. "Obviously, things haven't always worked-how we've been doing it, so they're looking at new ways of doing things," she said.  chance of rain an snow. NIWit 28 IlIIII!I(I!IlIII]I[!LI!IIft To subscribe to the Tribune, call (989) 785-4214 or stop by our office, next to the post office in Atlanta 7 2 Month Refinancing obligation bonds will save Village of Hillman money Yvonne Swa_[ The decision by the village council in Staff reporter Hillman to refinance the 2006 general obligation bonds will save the village more than $20,000 over the next 12 years. The bonds were for infrastructure, including water and sewer in the industrial park and sewer lagoon expansion. The Department of Public Works recently installed storm drain onAdams Street between Second and Third streets. The council is looking into applying for a grant that would enable mapping of the storm water and sewer systems as well as televised monitoring of those systems. It was recently determined storm water authorities have the ability to apply for grant funding. The amount the village might be applying for has not yet been deter- mined. David Post, village manager, has taken on the indi- vidual task of trying to construct a low-power FM radio station to be located at the high school. He has another month in which to apply because the deadline for appli- cation was backed up because of the government shut- down. The Federal Communications Commission will determine the success of the application. In other village business, John Fitzgerald has been ap- pointed to finish the term of Jim Stoddard, who served the village council on and off for more than 20 years. Stoddard has relocated outside of the village limits and is no longer eligible to serve on the council. NEMCOG annual membership meeting held on October 17 by Yme Smr Members of the Northeast Michigan Staff reporter Council of Governments who attended the annual membership meeting on Oct. 17 shared what has been going on in their areas. A motion passed in favor of application for a grant for the covered pavilion planned for Presque Isle Harbor. The pavilion will extend to the beach and provide access for the handicapped. The last three contracts in a downtown rental develop- ment program in Alpena will be signed by the end of the year. Greg Sundin, city manager, said there would prob- ably be a hiatus in that program because of the costs associated with phase requirements. Sundin said one phase of one unit cost $17,000 and was only possible because of a grant opportunity through the Environmental Protection Agency that has now expired. A neighborhood improvement project will also be wrapping up the end of the year, but Sundin said that program would probably continue. Since 2000, 22 down- town units and 80 neighborhood units have been cre- ated or refurbished in Alpena. Alcona has a renovated 911 center, and the 911 center for Otsego County will be under the control of the Michi- gan State Police as of Jan. 1. It has been estimated the switch will save that system $700,000 over the next six years. Emmet County might be acquiring a reproduction of a sailing vessel from the 1800s that is 90 ft. long, 90 ft. high and weighs 45 tons. Also in the works for Emmet are projects to convert the headlands into an educational museum and expand the park program there. Representatives from Grayling have been working with Camp Grayling to help develop a fire department for the airfield. The camp is under pressure from the federal government to have fire response that meets its require- ments to protect the $100 million in camp projects that were funded with federal money in the last 10 years. Mackinaw City has acquired a church that was built by German immigrants. The church has been refurbished, and one wedding has already taken place there and a few more have been scheduled. David Post, manager for the Village of HiUman, said the village is pursuing a storm water and sewer grant re- Continued on page 5 ATLANTA NEWS 4-5 SPORTS 16 HILLMAN NEWS 6-7 I LEWISTON NEWS 10 I OBITUARIES 13 I FUN PAGE8 I LEGALS 9 I CLASSIFIEDS 14-15 I[I]  I l|II [I] II Ill . [li'l ".J :i =[1.1I I . El