In the coming weeks the Houghton County Commissioners will meet with their department heads to talk about possible ways to spend funds the county will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. That meeting will be on March 8th. A public hearing will follow, though that date has not been set.
The county will also apply for a materials management grant, with the help of WUPPDR. They hope to include each of the six counties they work with for the grant. This will help the western Upper Peninsula become more efficient at recycling and waste management.
And finally the county is looking at an 18 year payment structure for the opiod epidemic settlement with Johnson and Johnson. The settlement is contingent on 100% participation with all counties involved in the settlement that includes Houghton County. Final figures have not been released, though the commission hopes to see about 40 to 50,000 dollars each year of the payment plan.