Township agrees to limited agreement with Paddle Antrim

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

Apparently unimpressed by the members of the Central Lake Township Board of Trustees, Antrim County's new canine officer, Deputy Bricko, a 19-month-old German Shepherd, showed more interest in playing ball with his partner, Deputy Skyler Skrobecki, than in getting to know anyone during his introduction to the board at the township's May business meeting on Wednesday, May 15.


CENTRAL LAKE – After meeting Antrim County's newest Sheriff's Department deputy, during its monthly business meeting on May 15, the Central Lake Township Board of Trustees discussed issues with non-residents at its Waste Receiving Station and passed on signing a proposed contract with the Paddle Antrim organization.

After listening to a short presentation from Paddle Antrim’s executive director Deana Jerdee about the contract, township treasurer Larry Germain voiced his concerns.

"I don't want people going down to the accesses, parking their cars and partying," he said of the agreement, which asks local governments on the proposed Chain of Lakes Water Trail to allow wayfaring signage pointing out public water accesses on the trail. Central Lake Township has a total of eight public accesses being considered for the signage, five of which are located on the eastern shore of Torch Lake.

"That's why we didn't sign an agreement last year," he said, pointing out that the signs could increase use of the accesses.

Agreeing, township clerk Judy Kosloski said, "I'm not comfortable signing a contract."

Germain added, "Sign it, and you're stuck."

Township Supervisor Stan Bean could see both sides of the request. 

"I don't have a problem with the signs," said Bean. "But I understand what Larry is saying – once you sign, you're obligated.

"I'm all for the trail," he added. "But we need to look at each access individually."

It was ultimately agreed, by a vote of 4-1, with Kosloski against the motion, to only allow signs on seven of the township's accesses which will face the water and note that the access is for "emergency use only."

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