Sugar Loaf vision results and EPA workshop

On June 24 and June 25, 250 participants attended a series of sessions to discuss the future vision of Sugar Loaf. Representatives from Kansas State University TAB program, and from MSU will present these results and a short video clip from the final visioning session on Tuesday, August 18 in the Lower Level of the Leelanau County Government Center at 6pm.

Prior to this unveiling,  all Leelanau County elected and appointed officials, business owners, property owners, consultants, developers, and residents are invited to a workshop focused on Leelanau County brownfield initiatives at 3:00pm in the Leelanau County Government Center.

This is YOUR opportunity to speak to EPA officials about proposed projects, ideas, questions you have on current projects or funding possibilities, etc. Bring your questions and be ready to learn!

There will be a brief introduction followed by an update on the EPA grants Leelanau County has received for site assessment work.

Mr. Jim Van der Kloot from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office in Chicago, will give an overview of Sustainable development techniques that have been applied in the Midwest, with a focus on practical steps that can be taken which yield long-term benefits in terms of affordability, re-use of brownfield sites, and enhancement of the ecological setting of a site.

Mr. Mike Gifford, EPA Region V Brownfields Project manager from Chicago, will present the nuts and bolts of EPA’s Revolving Loan Fund Grants that can be used to cleanup contamination on brownfield sites. Find out what works, what doesn’t work and what your commitment is, if you apply for and receive one of these grants. This Workshop was coordinated with assistance from the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC).

Please RSVP by calling the Leelanau County Planning office at 231-256-9812. FREE – for Leelanau County Residents.

Photo: Sugar Loaf January 2003 by farlane