NEGAUNEE — An unscrupulous act of vandalism has destroyed a very important trail in Negaunee.
Jeopardizing the city’s chances of being certified to host two world cup luge competitions. The vandal or vandals broke windows and turned on Lucy Hill’s hydrant leaving them stuck with close to a four thousand dollar water bill. Half a million gallons of water was disbursed, more water than they use during an entire luging season.
“It’s a shock to our club, we didn’t have enough money in our account to pay our bill. thankfully the city of Negaunee is working with us to set up a payment plan and waiving late fees so we are going to work until season starts to get our bill down to zero,” said Lucy Hill Track Manager, Tammy Wills.
The Upper Peninsula Luge Club’s Lucy Hill is the only full length natural luge track in the United States. An incident such as this is always a hardship on a local club but this happening now puts the luge club in a very special predicament.
“This is an important year, we have been awarded two world cup races for 2017 and that means we have a lot of work to do this summer to get our track certified to be able to hold international competitions. This is a year we will investing a lot of money into the infrastructure of our track. We really don’t have the extra money to be spending on water, 500,000 gallons of water that somebody turned on, opened up one of the hydrants apparently and just let it run,” continued Wills
To make sure the Upper Peninsula Luge Club’s Lucy Hill in Negaunee is able to get their vandalism bill paid and the trail in competition shape, you can donate via their GoFundMe.com. You can also donate via check. Visit their website at UPLuge.org for more information.