It is a good thing Carl was not old enough to fight in WWII, for surely he would have gone AWOL and joined General Rommel’s tank division getting ready to go toe to toe with the Allies under the command of General Montgomery. The battle took place at El Alamein. General Rommel was an excellent strategist but his ego got in the way (kinda sounds like Carl). Imagine Carl in charge of a tank division. Could he have done a better job than Rommel or Montgomery? Doubtful but Carl could be heard always saying, ” I know nothing!” and the recent letter received from the state agrees with the Mullett Township Board (see below). Carl, you have proven to all ” I know nothing”. Maybe you should spend more time at the library where they have free internet. Did you know that?
Carl, we know you are not a teacher, professor or even on the school board but you did give the township board a report card. We would like to give you your final Report Card and Diploma so now you can go away to college. How about Arizona State; great party school. In the summer time you can come back and take classes via the internet using the Indian River Library or sit in the new Topinabee Park and read your book on Civics 101.
Report Card for Carl B Muscott
Parents’ Signature ____________________
Here is the response from the state: Subject: Topinabee Beach Park
Mr. Muscott – thank you for your email below. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Board of Trustees and the Director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have asked me to respond to you. We have reviewed your concerns and discussed the matter with Mary Anne Gayle, Township Supervisor; and Mr. Brian Callahan from the local snowmobile club. I visited the park personally last summer and am familiar with how the new improvements have been completed and where they are located on the site. It is a beautiful park and was being used by many citizens during my visit.
The Mullet Township Board, as representatives of the township, voted to place the snow fence in the park. My understanding is they did this for two main reasons: 1) Provide for public safety as the new retaining walls and stairway, once covered with snow, could be a real hazard for snowmobilers and others; and 2) to protect the new improvements in the park, including sidewalks, viewing platform, playground equipment and stairway from possible damage. I believe the township is justified in installing fencing for these purposes. The township is required to properly maintain these improvements which were funded, in large part, by the MNRTF and none of these improvements were intended for winter use.
The MNRTF does not require our grantees to keep parks open in the winter (parking lots and sidewalks plowed) unless the purpose of the grant was for winter use. Many parks in Michigan are closed for the winter. My understanding is the North Central State Trail is not impacted by the fencing and the restroom facility located on the west side of the trail is open for use by snowmobilers and others. I also understand the fencing was installed in such a manner that pedestrian access to the park and lake will be available for special events such as the Topinabee Big Chill. Ice fishermen who use snowmobiles to access the lake can still park in the library/park parking lot and use the trail to access the lake by using access points 200 yards to the south or ¼ mile to the north.
In summary, the improvements funded by the MNRTF were not intended to be used during the winter months. The MNRTF does not require local units of government to keep parks open during the winter (except as described above) and relies on local governing bodies, such as the township board, as representatives of their citizens, to determine the “appropriate use” and best methods of managing their local parks. Based on a review of this situation, I believe the township is justified in the placement of the snow fence and acceptable alternatives exist for citizens to access the lake. The township is in compliance with requirements of the MNRTF
Thank you again for your email and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Steve DeBrabander, Manager
Grants Management Section
Finance and Operations Division
Mi. Dept. of Natural Resources
The Michigan DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.”