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Final touches put on Nature Center

By Staff | May 2, 2008

WALLINGFORD — Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson reviewed progress on landscaping and other finishing touches to the Emmet County Nature Center Thursday.

Anderson told the Foundation Board that Valley Contracting will level soil around the Nature Center and Tristate Paving will do the paving itself on May 8. The sidewalks should also be done sometime in May, Anderson said.

Board member Dave Enerson will bring in rocks for landscaping as well, Anderson said.

The Nature Center open house will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31. A free lunch will be held from 1:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Emmet County Conservation Board President Steve Weisman will conduct the dedication at 1:30 p.m.

In other programming, Anderson said the Wings and Wetlands program will release swans at 9:30 a.m. with an exact location yet to be determined.

The Foundation Board approved a bid of Tim Burrell for $2,635 for epoxy covering of the basement floor.

Also approved was a mop sink and two exterior faucets on the Nature Center building. Springer Propane was awarded the bid of $969.28.

Anderson and the Foundation Board discussed Nature Center programming at length.

The next Foundation Board meeting will be 9 a.m. June 5.

After the Foundation Board meeting, Anderson updated the Emmet County Conservation Board on the Complete Recovery Recycling Project. Anderson said the project, in cooperation with Complete Recovery of Spencer, is a way to generate money for the Nature Center.

The project would begin with recycled paper products then later move on the cardboard and plastic. Recycled materials would be accepted from communities and rural areas throughout Emmet County and one semi trailer would initially be used.

“We as a board had to find a way to come up with more funds,” Anderson said.

In other business, the Conservation Board approved a bid from Tim Burrell for an acid wash and resealing the Wolden Campground showerhouse for $2,650.

The board also discussed possibly trading in mowers for a newer mower at Wolden.