2018-08-08 / News

Goodland Twp. moves closer to establishing township park

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Goodland Township Supervisor Ron Cischke and Township Clerk Mavis Roy show off a Dept. of Natural Resources Natural (DNR) Resources Trust Fund sign on land the township expects to close on by the end of the month. The acquisition will add 60 feet of frontage on North Van Dyke Road at the township government complex and add nine acres for the creation of a township park. 
Photo by Phil Foley Goodland Township Supervisor Ron Cischke and Township Clerk Mavis Roy show off a Dept. of Natural Resources Natural (DNR) Resources Trust Fund sign on land the township expects to close on by the end of the month. The acquisition will add 60 feet of frontage on North Van Dyke Road at the township government complex and add nine acres for the creation of a township park. Photo by Phil Foley GOODLAND TWP. — It has been 28 months since Goodland Township first filed for a Dept. of Natural Resources Natural (DNR) Resources Trust Fund grant to purchase land to create a township park and township officials say they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Township supervisor Ron Cischke and township clerk Mavis Roy expect to sign on a nine-acre parcel wrapping around the south side and back of the existing township property Aug. 27.

The DNR awarded the township a grant for up to $89,000 in December 2016. Township officials and Helena Chemical Co. reached an agreement on the parcel in February.

Cischke said the Helena property appraised at $40,000. “The paperwork moves slowly,” he said.

Once the closing is completed, Cischke said the township will begin the work of moving the Flansburg School to a permanent location.

Roy wants it close to the Goodland Township Library. The historic building has been sitting on blocks on the north side of the township parking lot since December after making the 3.2-mile trip from its site on Wheeling Road at the end of Shaw Road where it sat empty for 49 years.

Roy envisions the building being used as a township museum. It was one of three one-room schools, including Folsom and Sheppard that closed in 1969. Goodland Township once had seven one-room schools.

Five were converted to private homes and one — the Abbott School — burned down in the 1980s.

Cischke said he hopes to have Flansburg School on a new foundation by Nov. 1.

He said the next step is to get grant funding to develop the site. Cischke said plans for the site, which includes a small fishing pond, include a walking path, picnic area and playground.

Cischke expects work on the park to start sometime in 2020.

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