OMP News and Photos: Cal Jamieson, Tester Horse Farm for Sale, Bluff Road Update and More
Here’s a roundup of recent OMP news and photos…
Update on Bluff Road closure. At their meeting on Wednesday, March 2, the Grand Traverse County Road Commission discussed the Bluff Road closure and possible solutions based on a report by GEI Consultants of Michigan, the engineering firm responsible for studying the logistics and the costs of stabilizing or relocating Bluff Road. Last summer, GEI recommended leaving the road closed.
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At the March 2 meeting, several options were discussed, including diverting the road to 1) Center Road; 2) Smokey Hollow Road; or 3) Bluff path. None of these routes were deemed feasible, as the new roads would cross agricultural conservation easements, private property, etc. Other options included creating dead ends at the end of each closure and building a trail between the two; stabilize and repair the road; and do nothing.
As township supervisor Rob Manigold said at the town council meeting this week, “the only answer is to fix the road and that is what we are pursuing”, adding that they will see if funds state or federal are available. For more details and Road Commission rates, click here.
Parks Committee survey. There is still time to fill in your suggestions for OMP parks projects, but only until midnight on Tuesday 15th March. This is an important survey because you can help guide the Peninsula Township Parks Committee on upcoming improvements to our parks.
More than 40 projects are identified in the survey, including a dog park at Bowers Harbor Park, a new boat launch at Kelley Park, signage and expansions at several OMP parks, and improvements to many historic sites, such as the Mission Point Lighthouse, the Dougherty House, and the Hessler Log Cabin.
Check out the projects (or download them here) and take the survey on the Participate Old Mission website here.
Happy birthday Leni! Everyone’s favorite reading dog, Lani, celebrated her birthday this week, and the Old Mission Peninsula school team posted a sweet photo and birthday wishes on their Facebook page.
“Thank you very, very much for all the cards and birthday wishes. Mrs. Candy is always reading me the cards and showing me all the pictures. Thank you! I LOVE being your reading dog and can’t wait to be at OMPS every week. Remember the best thing you can do for me is keep reading! Come on Panthers! You guys are the best! – Love, Lani”
Watch for an upcoming story from Barb Wunsch on Lani and the Reading Dog program here on the Gazette.
Send a note to Cal. Longtime OMP resident Cal Jamieson has moved from his home on the peninsula to Orchard Creek Assisted Living. This is a big change for Cal and his family, and I know he would appreciate any notes of encouragement sent to him. Cal’s address is:
Orchard Creek Help for Life
9715 Cherry Bend Road, #5
Town of Traverse, MI 49684
Here’s a photo of Cal volunteering at Log Cabin Day in 2017.
PDR public hearing to come. The Peninsula Township Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on March 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall. The meeting will include a public hearing on the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Order No. 23, Amendment No. 3.
No action will be taken at the meeting, and the Township Council will likely (maybe) vote at its April 12 meeting. The March 14 meeting is a good opportunity to learn more about the PDR program and its benefits for both farmers and OMP residents. The PDR committee has worked hard to update and revise the ordinance. Here is a summary of the revisions.
Also watch for an upcoming article here in the Gazette on the PDR program, which will likely be included in the state’s primary ballot on August 2. My family has a long history with the program, as my father, Walter Johnson, was the first farmer to commit land to the program when the township first approved it in 1994.
This is the back of our ‘barn house’ on Center Road, north of Mapleton.
Trial horse farm for sale. I don’t usually post real estate ads here on the Gazette unless they’ve gone through my long-time advertiser Ted Schweitzer (he was my first advertiser!). But this one caught my attention. Becky Tester’s horse farm on Tompkins Road is for sale. I’ve taken lots of pictures of his beautiful dogs over the years (here’s one), as well as the many horses that live there.
According to this ad on Real Estate One, the fully functional 80-acre farm is listed for $7.5 million and features 100 feet of private water frontage on West Grand Traverse Bay, a working equestrian facility, turn-of-the-century farmhouse, and several outbuildings. And he even comes with six registered Rocky Mountain horses and eight purebred Great Pyrenees guard dogs. Yes, dogs come with it!
I don’t know who the listing agent is, but if you’re interested, I’ll check with Ted Schweitzer, (231) 645-5656, and he can give you more details.
Here’s a photo I took last fall – you can see the farm on the right on Tompkins Road – and below is a photo I took of the dogs one winter.
Help a sister (and her robotics team) get by. My sister-in-law, Carol Johnson (my brother Ward’s wife) has been a mentor/coach/senior robotics advisor for over eight years, starting with an all-female FIRST Robotics Lego team. With the guidance of mentor Philip Leete, who at the time was a STEM teacher and VEX robotics coach at West High School, Carol transitioned from FIRST robotics to VEX robotics and today she is a mentor/coach/advisor in chief for four VEX colleges. VRC teams, two middle school VEX IQ teams and two high school VEX VRC teams.
And his teams are doing very well! During this school year, four of Carol’s VEX robotics teams won at local events and qualified to compete in the state championship. Now, one of its VEX IQ middle school teams – the “Robo Saints” of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School – has qualified to compete once again in the VEX Robotics World Championship!
However, the World Championship is in Dallas, TX May 8-12, and they need our help raising funds for the trip. On March 19 at noon at the Bayshore Resort, 883 E. Front Street in Traverse City, Carol’s team and other area robotics teams will race from the beach to the bay to raise awareness of competitive robotics and also raise funds for their team’s expenses. They hope to raise $45,000 in total ($5,000 for each team). The event is free, but they are accepting donations both at the event and on their website, www.winterwaterdash.com. For more information, call (231) 999-BOTS (2687).
I don’t have a picture of my sweet sister handy, but here’s a picture of her pup, Sam, when we drove through Bill Carls Pyatt Lake Nature Reserve last fall.