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Resignations Rock Copper Harbor Water/Waste Authority

Copper Harbor’s water and sewer utility is experiencing a leadership vacuum, following the departure of two of its three board members.

Mike Borlee resigned from the Copper Harbor Water Distribution and Wastewater Utility board, effective yesterday. He cited the recent resignation of Grant Township Supervisor Scott Wendt, and other unspecified actions taken by the Grant Township Board for his departure.

Wendt’s resignation as supervisor was accepted by the Grant Township Board at its June 14 meeting.

Borlee’s exit from the utility board was followed later yesterday by the immediate resignation of board chair Robert Pokorski. In an email provided to KeweenawReport.com, Pokorski said he felt that the township board did not appreciate his work and efforts, and did not respect him or his time. 

That leaves Gregory Paul Lis as the sole remaining member of the utility board. He was appointed to the panel in April, following the resignation of Jeff Coltas.

Pokorski said he has tentatively arranged for the the Village of Baraga to oversee the waste system, and the Upper Michigan Water Company to oversee the water system, until new leadership can be put in place. 

The township is actively looking to employ a system operator to manage both utilities. The job was posted on the township website yesterday, after a special township board meeting on Monday.

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