ESCANABA - A disc golf course was approved for Ludington Park during the Escanaba City Council meeting Thursday. Organizers plan to have the nine-basket course installed next spring.
Disc golf is similar to golf but uses various-sized frisbees, which are thrown into galvanized steel baskets. The sport has been played in Ludington Park using portable baskets, explained Recreation Director Tom Penegor.
Permanent baskets will be cemented into a course that will begin near the east side of the band shell parking lot, go northeast along the lake, and end southwest of the beach house. Donations from businesses and individuals will pay for the baskets and their installation, added Penegor.
In other business Thursday, council approved a 50-year lease of city-owned property with the Delta County Historical Society Foundation. The society will pay $1 a year to lease a half-acre where its museum will be renovated and expanded with a recent $1 million donation. Insurance and utility costs are paid by the society, noted City Manager Jim O'Toole.
Following public hearings on Thursday, council approved two 12-year tax exemptions for Besse Forest Products Group, which is expanding sawmill operations at 1720 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba. Council approved a personal property exemption and an industrial facility tax exemption for new equipment and new buildings.