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Construction underway for water-bottling plant in MareniscoSubmitted: 09/28/2016
MARENISCO - The saga of a potential Northwoods water bottling plant may end in the Upper Peninsula.

Throughout the year, plans to build a water-bottling plant--first in Minocqua, then in Presque Isle--failed.
But the plant popped up again in Marenisco, Michigan.

"We're all just happy it's here," said Marenisco Township Chairman Richard Bouvette. "We're pretty excited Presque Isle turned it down."


Back in June, the Presque Isle Town Board voted against building a plant in town. Several business partners, including T. A. Solberg Company, Inc., proposed building the plant at the intersection of County Roads B and W. The water would have come from a non-high-capacity well on the Carlin Club property a few miles down the road. 

But many townspeople did not want a plant right in the heart of Presque Isle. 

"People come to Presque Isle because they want peace and serenity," said Carlin Lake Association Vice President Ramona Kubica after the June town board vote. "Certainly we want our town to survive, but it needs to be the right kind of business." 

But it seems to be the right kind of business for the town of Marenisco.

"We'll take it if they don't want it," Bouvette said. "We're badly in need of employment in the area. We have very few jobs."

The town has about 800 people, and it basically has one main employer: Ojibway Correctional 
Facility just south of town. 

A spokesperson for T. A. Solberg Company, Inc., said the plant will employ about eight to 10 people, at least at first, when they hope to start in December. 

The water will still come from Presque Isle--from the non-high-capacity well on the Carlin Club property, which is near Carlin Lake. The spokesperson said the water from the well does not come from Carlin Lake. It comes from an aquifer in the ground. 

Still, some people in Presque Isle are concerned about how taking water from the well will affect the155-acre lake. 

Stephen Ales, the deputy program director of the drinking water and ground water program with the state DNR, said the only way to determine the effect is by conducting a full hydro-geologic investigation. The owner of the well would have to contact a water specialist to get that done. 


Story By: Stephanie Haines

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