By JIM ANDERSON
IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County will forego, for this year, a grant application for a new restroom/shower building at Lake Antoine Park.
The county will proceed with a separate application for playground equipment, said County Controller Kay Pascoe.
Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to nix a proposed Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund project of $327,790, which would have required a minimum county match of nearly $82,000.
Although the county planned to draw funds for the match from the 2014 budget, commissioners were wary of the financial commitment, Pascoe said. The board will take a new look at the project next year, she said.
Commissioners Joe Stevens and Barbara Kramer supported filing the application, which is due April 1. Grant awards are typically announced in October or November.
Voting against the project were Chairman Henry Wender and commissioners Ann Martin and John Degenaer Jr.
The estimated cost for new restrooms and showers, including demolition of the current building, is $275,000. In addition, the proposed project included a beach mat ($1,500), concrete sidewalk ($6,000) and children's fishing pier ($10,000).
The proposed playground equipment would be funded through a DNR Recreation Passport grant. Estimated cost is nearly $36,600, with the grant covering $26,000 and the county providing a cash match of $7,500 and in-kind labor of $3,075.
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