Zorn supports Lenawee County project in trust fund bill

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2022, including improvements to Mitchell Memorial Park in Lenawee County.

“The Michigan people created the Natural Resources Trust Fund over 45 years ago to invest constitutionally restricted funds to improve our access to our great outdoors,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “This measure includes funding to enhance Mitchell Memorial Park for Lenawee County families to enjoy for decades to come. In doing so, it will also help encourage healthy lifestyles and attract new opportunities to our region.”

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. Since its inception in 1976, the trust fund has been used to support 2,715 projects totaling $1.3 billion.

Senate Bill 1028 would authorize the NRTF to use $45.6 million in restricted funds to support 22 acquisition projects and 95 development projects. Matching funds of $39 million would bring the total investment to $84.6 million.

The bill includes $267,300 for a $361,300 development project to renovate shelters and restrooms at Raisin Charter Township’s Mitchell Memorial Park in Lenawee County. The project also includes new pathways to connect the parking areas, shelters and ball fields.

SB 1028 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.