Marquette City Commission weighs ORV trail

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The city of Marquette is looking for more information before deciding on a possible trailhead for off-road vehicles in the Heartwood Forestland.

During Monday night's meeting, the City Commission expressed interest in an option that would allow access through the western most portion of the Heartwood Forest property. This option would minimize conflicts with other groups using trails in that area, including the Noquemanon Trail Network. Commissioners said they wanted to gather more information for the plan before making a decision.

"This is public property and it's meant to be used by the entire public in the city, and when you have multiple users it's hard to make it work for everybody so it makes sense that the commission wants to take their time, wants to look at some details that may resolve some issues that they have with that combination of usage," said Marquette City Manager, Mike Angeli.

During the parks and recreation master plan revision process, a survey question asked if residents would allow ORV's in that area. The results were split with 43 percent saying yes, 42 percent saying no and 14 percent saying not sure.

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