March 13, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 60

Ironwood timber sale proceeds to be used to match DNR grant

IRONWOOD — Proceeds from a city of Ironwood timber sale will be used for a local match in a grant application for a city park.

City manager Scott Erickson told the city commission Monday the city received $32,000 from the timber sale. He praised retired U.S. Forest Service employee Marion True, of Ironwood, for helping the city out with the timber sale and said another one will be conducted next winter.

The commission on Monday agreed to apply for Department of Natural Resources grants of $60,000 apiece for Longyear and Curry parks after holding public hearings on both project applications.

The Longyear Park grant would be used for installation of an accessible playground, picnic table, asphalt paths and a concrete pad and enclosure for the portable restroom.

The Curry Park funding would be used for electrical upgrades.

Michael Brown, the city’s community development director, said the local match for the Longyear Park project will be a $20,900 anonymous donation that was received to be used solely for the park and in-kind labor, since the city is required to contribute half of the $60,000.

The city applied for the Curry Park funds last year from the DNR, but was turned down. The hope is that the score will improve this time around with the knowledge that was gained through the first application.

The Curry Park project would involve a $15,000 local match to the DNR’s $45,000. The timber sales will be used for the local match, along with in-kind services.

There are 50 electrical sites at the park, next to the Gogebic County Fairgrounds on Cloverland Drive, that need upgrades. How many would be covered by the $60,000 would depend on how the bids come in for the project, Brown said.

Commissioners were told the DNR’s scoring system for projects changes every year, but the fact that trails are involved in both applications should help because the DNR likes to fund trail work.