The Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division has agreed to provide grant funding for a preliminary engineering study of improvements, renovations and updates of Hessel Harbor. The DNR and the Township will split the cost at about 50-50. A Hessel Harbor Committee met in the spring and discussed a variety of ideas and needs for the harbor and marina area, including parking, docking for day visitors and improvements to the marina facility. The engineering study will help determine the design and costs of improvements and the feasibility of various renovations, updates and improvements.
Hessel and the Les Cheneaux area along with other ports around the Great Lakes are part of a Michigan Port Collaborative study on the economic impact of Michigan ports. Understanding that impact will help with the grant proposals, attract new visitors to the area and help us to enhance our service amenities.
Cedarville Harbor Project
A modified project plan has gone to the three individual bidders for a re-bid. Though reduced in scope, the project will provide additional docking, a marina facility and improved access. A projected completion date is for July 2019.