RC parks benefit from commercial shoot

ROGERS CITY – Land near Rogers City recently served as backdrop for some car commercials, leading to an unexpected windfall for the city’s parks.

Roche Photo recently used Carmeuse Lime and Stone property to shoot commercials for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Mayor Beach Hall said. As compensation, the company wanted to pay Carmeuse $3,750, but Calcite Operation Manager Ray LeClair had other ideas. He asked the photography company to make the check out to Rogers City, and suggested in a letter the city use it to make improvements in its parks.

Hall said he was pleased with the “distinct piece of very good news to fall in my lap,” he said. He was unaware the company had been using Carmeuse property, but was aware it had requested US-23 be closed off for some time to film.

In his letter, LeClair specifically suggested the money go toward improving the city’s ball park and playground equipment, adding the final say rested with city council. Council member Gary Nowak suggested asking the city’s Little League leaders to come up with suggestions for projects, but other council members said they’d rather put it to the city’s parks and recreation committee, which meets today.

Rogers City currently has $152,233 budgeted for parks and recreation, according to the 2013-14 budget city council recently adopted. This figure does not include the donation.

In other business:

  • council members voted to give Harbor Master Roger Wenzel a $1,000 raise. Hall said the city’s marina budget has the funds to support the raise, and Wenzel makes considerably less than previous harbor masters. Nowak gave the lone “no” vote.
  • council members also passed a law limiting when visitors could use certain parks during the Nautical City Festival. Nowak again voted “no,” the only council member to do so.
  • after considering the purchase of a landlocked, tax-foreclosed parcel, council members unanimously agreed to waive the city’s right of first refusal before the land goes to auction.
  • Jim Przybyla said city workers would be getting a refund as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but no one was sure how much. It’s likely the amount would be so small, most employees would hardly notice if the city opted to give the refund as a discount on their monthly premiums, he said.
  • council members approved a request from the Rogers City Kiwanis Club to sell its newspaper in the streets during Nautical City Festival, as they have for more than 30 years. Police Chief Matt Quaine told the council there have been no problems resulting from the sales in the past.

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