MAMBA Bike & Brew June 8 at Strong Falls

By: 
Shirley Prudhomme

MARINETTE – At the Marinette County Board meeting on Tuesday, May 28 County Administrator John LeFebvre reminded everyone that the Marinette Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA) will be hosting a day-long Bike and Brew event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, starting from the Strong Falls trail head at 13980 Harper Rd., Athelstane, which is located near Goodman Park in the northwest corner of Marinette County.

Anyone interested is invited to join the approximately 12-mile ride (or hike), and there are reportedly segments of trail suitable for all skill levels. According to the MAMBA web site there are limited picnic tables, so bringing your own chairs is a good idea. Food, beverages and gear will be offered for sale.

Trail passes are not required and there is no charge to join the ride or enjoy the biking and hiking trails at any time. Even dogs are welcome.

LeFebvre noted improvements to the Mountain Bike Trail system near Goodman Park are moving forward as planned in accord with a cooperative venture between Marinette County and MAMBA. He said the club constructed about a mile of trail last year, and hopes to add another two to three miles of improved trail this year.

As to progress on a requested dirt bike motorcycle trail, LeFebvre said the Infrastructure Committee has been working on it, and promised a report from the County Forest Administrator at the July County Board meeting.

LeFebvre gave a brief report on the 16 properties taken by Marinette County last month through the in rem process for unpaid property taxes, plus a 3-bedroom home on Remus Rd. in the Oconto County Town of Lakewood that Marinette County acquired due to the owner’s unpaid jail fees.

LeFebvre said the intent is to put all these properties up for sale by Aug. 30, plus two left from last year, making a total of 18 properties. Structures will need to be removed from some of the parcels, he said, and debris will be removed and the properties cleaned up before they are auctioned. “We do not want to keep blight in our communities,” LeFebvre declared.

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