State Rep. John Roth, of Interlochen, joined his colleagues in urging Gov. Whitmer to carefully consider genuine concerns regarding the 250 square miles of state-owned land she intends the Michigan National Guard to use in order to expand Camp Grayling, a military training facility.
The letter, co-signed by the following Northern Michigan lawmakers: Rep. Cam Cavitt, R-Cheboygan, Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, and Sen. John Damoose, R-Harbor Springs, reads (in part):
“We are proud to represent a large area containing many of Michigan’s finest natural resources. These natural resources are very important to the well-being of Michiganders and the longevity of the environmental health of Michigan. Many of the constituents we share are deeply concerned about the ramifications of the proposed expansion of Camp Grayling. We, as elected representatives of the people, have a voice in these considerations, on behalf of our constituents.
“Please note that there is much respect for the military amongst those who have signed this, and we understand the need for continued development and training…
“The issues in question regarding the expansion are vast, and range in severity and nature…
“It is our belief that proposed expansions have the potential to threaten the health, safety, and general welfare of the people in this region, and we should therefore be granted some authority on the expansion with respects to the protection of the air, water, wildlife, and other natural resources of the state from pollution, impairment, and destruction.”
A copy of the full letter can be found here.
Rep. Roth serves Michigan’s 104th House District, which includes portions of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee and Wexford counties.
Additional oversight of economic development projects funded by state tax dollars is more vital than ever after two projects with ties to the Chinese Communist Party received state approval.
“An elderly woman in my district had a roadkill deer land on her property,” Roth said. “After contacting her county road commission, she was told that the road commission was not allowed to move the deer, and to contact the DNR. After contacting the DNR, she was told to bury the deer in her yard or put it in a trash receptacle. As you can imagine, these tasks were nearly impossible for a woman in her 80s.”
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