ROGERS CITY - Land near Rogers City recently served as backdrop for some car commercials, leading to an unexpected windfall for the city's parks.
Roche Photo recently used Carmeuse Lime and Stone property to shoot commercials for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Mayor Beach Hall said. As compensation, the company wanted to pay Carmeuse $3,750, but Calcite Operation Manager Ray LeClair had other ideas. He asked the photography company to make the check out to Rogers City, and suggested in a letter the city use it to make improvements in its parks.
Hall said he was pleased with the "distinct piece of very good news to fall in my lap," he said. He was unaware the company had been using Carmeuse property, but was aware it had requested US-23 be closed off for some time to film.
In his letter, LeClair specifically suggested the money go toward improving the city's ball park and playground equipment, adding the final say rested with city council. Council member Gary Nowak suggested asking the city's Little League leaders to come up with suggestions for projects, but other council members said they'd rather put it to the city's parks and recreation committee, which meets today.
Rogers City currently has $152,233 budgeted for parks and recreation, according to the 2013-14 budget city council recently adopted. This figure does not include the donation.
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