2017-10-12 / Community

Pigeon walking path gets donations for lights

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com


PIGEON - The newly constructed walking path in the Village of Pigeon’s Recreation Park is getting a lot of use, according to Village President Mike LePage. 
Photo by John Bonke PIGEON - The newly constructed walking path in the Village of Pigeon’s Recreation Park is getting a lot of use, according to Village President Mike LePage. Photo by John Bonke PIGEON - Plans for lighting the walking path in Pigeon will happen yet this year thanks to three companies that are involved in renewable energy.

Sempra Renewables, the Barton Malow Company and Motor City Electric will provide labor and materials worth an estimated $90,000 to light the path, according to Village President Mike LePage. He said the anticipated completion date is Nov. 15.

LePage said “the path is getting used a lot; we’re happy about that.” He added that the work will create a very nicely lit walking path - without bonds or taxes. The companies will dig trenches and lay wire to hard wire efficient, electric LED lights, LePage said.

“We’ve found the three companies are very community-minded,” LePage said.

The total cost for the lighting project is estimated at $100,000 and the Village of Pigeon is seeking businesses and individuals who will cover the $10,000 difference.

LePage said that when some wind park-related work required playground equipment be removed in the village’s Veterans Park, formerly called South Park, along South Main St., Sempra wanted to replace it. Company officials met with the committee and learned of plans for solar lights along the path, which the committee had researched. The three companies came back with the current plan, LePage said.

LePage said funds, $15,000-$17,000 per year, will be received for the Pigeon parks, Winsor Township and McKinley Township through an agreement in place from when Geronimo was developing the Apple Blossom wind park. LePage said Sempra is honoring that agreement.

A committee is in place to guide the development of the path and members include LePage, Village Clerk Steve Corrion, Kent Shetler and Matt Esch, along with Dwight Gascho, Terry Lerash and Clark Ramsey, Dave Maurer, of Pigeon River Mennonite Church, and Laker Superintendent Brian Keim.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the path was conducted Friday, June 23.

Along with picnic tables placed at various spots along the path, which follows the outer perimeter of Pigeon’s Recreation Park, and the lighting, future improvements this spring include signage, landscaping and five park benches. With Pigeon River Mennonite Church, Pigeon First United Methodist Church, Pigeon Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Pigeon, the village is looking for the fifth sponsor.

Anyone wishing to donate to help with the lighting, park benches and other improvements, may contact Village Clerk Steve Corrion at 989-453-2733.

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