Boyne Mountain’s proposed project to expand its sewer services—a move which will allow the renowned resort to expand its overall operations—is one step closer to reality.
Boyne City Commissioners voted unanimously during their regular Tuesday July 23 meeting to support an application that will be made to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for a Community Development Block Grant of at least $382,500.
If approved, the grant moneys would be used to fund replacement of a six-inch sewer force main with a 10-inch force main from Toplinski Road to Moll Drive.
Boyne City Commissioners Tom Neidhamer, Laura Sansom and Boyne City Mayor Ron Grunch were all in support of the plan which will eventually mean dozens of new jobs for the area.
Boyne City Commissioner Delbert “Gene” Towne said he also supported the project.
The proposed expansion is also expected to include nearly 100 condominium units, a roller-coaster and water slide.
Boyne City Commissioner Derek Gaylord said he needed clarification on the proposed project.
“Since it was for a sewer expansion project for Boyne Mountain, how would we articulate as the city on this type of a grant that it improves (life for) the citizens of Boyne City directly other than just being a requirement of this process,” Gaylord said.
Jan Kellogg of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance said the expansion project is slated to add jobs, some of which could be filled by Boyne City residents.
“Because of the sewer expansion, Boyne Mountain can expand and they’ll add 45 new jobs, and that’s really the public purpose behind granting this money,” she said. “It’s taxpayer dollars and why should we be giving them to a company—they are promising to create new jobs, which helps the citizens.”
Kellogg said at least 51 percent of those jobs must go to low to moderate income folks, and that will be tracked as part of the grant process.