Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 12, 2012

Business in Brief: 12/12/2012


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Electric bill credits

BOYNE CITY — Many Great Lakes Energy members will see a credit applied to their December electric bill, part of a more than $3.8 million capital credit refund program. Others will see a refund on their January bills.

The $3.8 million-plus includes $1 million that the electric cooperative's members earned from electricity purchases made in 2011. The balance is capital credit earnings from 1987.

A residential customer whose electricity payments averaged about $96 per month in 2011 can expect a credit of more than $7. The credit will be larger for those who also purchased electricity from the electric co-op in 1987. Those entitled to refunds of over $1,000 will receive a check.

Citizen's issue guide

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments has updated a citizen and policy makers' guide to assess and monitor issues in the region. Benchmarks Northwest provides easy access to nearly 400 indicators related to quality of life in northwestern Lower Michigan.

The Benchmarks Northwest indicators are compiled from more than 30 data sources and are broken down to eight areas of interest: culture and recreation, economy and employment, education, government, health, infrastructure, natural resources and environment, and population dynamics.

To access Benchmarks Northwest, visit

For more information, call Michelle Foster at 929-5039 or email

Park project funding

CADILLAC — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is awarding Recreation Passport Grant Program development grants to the City of Cadillac to help fund a playground at Lakefront Park on Lake Cadillac.

Funding for RPGP projects comes from sales of the state's Recreation Passport. The Passport program is in its second year, replacing the motor vehicle permits used for access to state parks and other recreation areas.