Some places are meant to be protected. The mouth of the Swedetown Creek is one such place. Found on Government Lot 5 and owned by the residents of Hancock, this natural watercourse is threatened with a proposed sale by the Hancock City Council for three residential lots. The area in question (above in color) represents the south side of the river mouth and protects forests, wetlands and sandbars.
Swedetown Creek, near the proposed land sale, is a recreational area for residents. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 Joe Kaplan. Reprinted with permission.)
The cost to the taxpayers of saving this area is NOTHING, but selling it comes at the high price of keeping our citizens from enjoying one of the most important resources we have -- access to water.
Please send your comments to:
Glenn Anderson, City Manager
City of Hancock City Hall
399 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Or email comments to:
The City of Hancock Planning Commission is inviting public input on this proposed sale ahead of their Aug. 27th meeting to reconsider the issue. Please take some time in the next couple of weeks to share your concerns and vision regarding the future of this natural area. In doing so you can help assure a more viable future for the City of Hancock.
To enjoy the beauty of the Swedetown Creek river mouth drive 0.4 miles north of the Hancock Campground on M-203. Look for the parking lot on the left directly across from the cemetery entrance.
Editor's Note: This post was submitted by a group of concerned citizens. For background information see the Keweenaw Now article, "Hancock Council hears public opposition to proposed land sale" and the Keweenaw Now Blog article, "Planning Commission hears public comment on proposed waterfront sale."