2014-03-23 / Front Page

Chesaning seeks grant funding

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – The Village of Chesaning held a public hearing during their March 18 meeting to receive public comment about their intention to apply for two DNR grants.

According to Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr., the ponds at the former Peet Packing site, had been designated as a bird sanctuary. However, they would like to make it more flexible.

Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock suggested they apply for a $50,000 grant from the DNR Trust Fund for improvements to Showboat Park; and apply for a $45,000 Passport grant for improvements to the Peet ponds site.

According to Councilman Damion Frasier, there’s about $5,000 designated for the trail at Showboat Park; which could be put toward the village’s matching funds for the grant. Among the improvements mentioned for Showboat Park was planting more trees in the camping area.

Hitchcock pointed out that if a professional contractor were to donate labor, they could use that as part of the match as well.

“This is only the third year for the Passport grants,” Hitchcock said, explaining that the funding comes from the state park license plate revenues.

She explained that the Passport proposal has to be a capital improvement plan; such as adding a parking lot.

Frasier talked about using the ponds for ice skating and hockey in the winter.

Councilman Don Swartzmiller said, “It would be nice to have it self sufficient; maintaining itself. It’s going to be a wonderful thing, but it’s going to cost us.”

Hitchock talked about using crushed gravel for the parking lot to keep maintenance costs low.

Swartzmiller said, “We need to find people who are interested and committed to maintaining it.”

Village Treasurer Ken Valentine talked about the donations, such as the Peet Community Center, which end up costing the village to maintain.

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