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Collaborative Sewer authority still up in the air

Four local units of government will consider a resolution to form a Two Lakes Collaborative Sewer Authority.  The initial purpose is to submit one financing application to the USDA– Rural Development for approval of a shared sewer system that would transport waste to the wastewater treatment plant owned and operation by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.   A motion to participate in the collaborative sewer project previously died due to lack of support in Arcadia Township.The local units that will consider the resolution include Bear Lake Township, Pleasanton Township, Onekama Township and the Village of Bear Lake.   The only change to the articles is the removal of Arcadia Township. “We originally chose to participate to answer the question about whether or not a sewer system is something that is financially realistic,” said Judy Girven, Pleasanton Township Treasurer.   “It’s a long, complicated process but it should be deliberative because of the amount of money involved and the impact of the decision.    Despite speculation about what this will cost, the fact is that no one will know the real cost until we receive a response from USDA.”  

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