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MARQUETTE - The Marquette City Commission Monday issued a snowmobile trail permit to Hiawatha Trails, Inc., for a route that runs through property the city purchased in a major land deal earlier this year.

"I'm just pleased that we were able to collaborate with Hiawatha Trails in securing this permit," Commissioner Joe Lavey said. "This is an excellent example of what the city has intended all along, to use that property for recreational purposes."
Lavey and Mayor Tony Tollefson both called the property "beautiful."

"This is one of many things that are going to be benefits from the purchase we completed recently," Tollefson said. "This was one of the intentions of the commission."

The trail, a popular snowmobile artery between Munising and the Copper Country known as Trail 8, will also be rerouted slightly to the south, with a small portion crossing into Sands Township. Most of the city-owned property the trail runs through is located in the city and Marquette Township.

Prior to the city's acquisition of the land, Hiawatha had operated the trail under contract with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with the previous property owner, Heartwood Forestland.

The trail runs through the 2,400 acres or so of undeveloped property the commission voted unanimously to purchase in March for $5 million. The property is located in the city of Marquette, Marquette Township and Sands Township.

The move raised the ire of officials in the two townships, who feared that the city would annex the property. City officials, however, have stated throughout that the city would preserve much of the land for recreational opportunities.

The trail permit is for five years, from Dec. 1 to March 31 annually, unless terminated by either party. In an supplement to Monday's agenda, Interim City Manager Judy Akkala wrote that the permit could improve the local economy.

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That's great news lets hope the tree huggers dont sue to block it again.
 

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Two different issues. I think you are referring to the efforts in Chocolay Township to get the abandoned railroad grade trail blocked between Harvey and Munising. This new proposed trail is on newly purchased property by the City of Marquette. With the new trail they hope to bring in some tourist dollars to the city.
 

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No I know the difference. You dont have to have just cause to sue they could try just knowing it could mess things up or cost a ton of cash to get straightened out.
 
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