The sewer system at Ojibway is being removed.
Written by Jesse Baroka on September 23, 2019
MARENSICO – Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Rep. Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock) are expressing their disappointment in recent action by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to remove the sewer system from the site of the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco. The lawmakers and local community leaders believe removal of the sewer system will make other potential uses, such as a regional jail or training facility or some other private use, more expensive for the new users. McBroom said the MDOC indicated last March that it could no longer afford to maintain the unused sewer ponds after it had initially stated at the time of the facility’s closure that it would keep them open. McBroom and Markkanen have reached out to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to determine other options, and officials within EGLE say they were willing to discuss modifications of the system’s permit, but MDOC had not consulted them. Officials on the local and state level have been exploring options for alternative uses for the facility, which the department closed last year.