2013-05-30 / Front Page

City moves forward on marina project, plans others for 2013

Infrastructure, land acquisitions in future

A display at Tuesday night’s city council meeting shows the plans for the new harbor master building at the marina. 
Pioneer Tribune photo A display at Tuesday night’s city council meeting shows the plans for the new harbor master building at the marina. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – It’s a summer of projects for the city of Manistique. During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Manistique City Council, members approved a contractor bid for the upcoming marina renovation, a land acquisition grant agreement, and the city manager gave updates on two infrastructure projects.

The 3-phase marina renovation, funded by bond and grant dollars acquired by the Downtown Development Authority, will cost approximately $4.2 million once it’s complete. The second phase, approved by council Tuesday, includes items like dredging; removing existing structures, excavated material, sidewalks, and drainage and sewer pipes; site work such as site grading, sidewalks and signage; the replacement of the fueling system; broadside docking; installation of water main and sewer main; and the construction of the harbormaster building, flag pole, fixed barbecue, radio tower, landscape, and a bike rack.

The bid for the work, totaling $1,904,910.09, was awarded to Olsen and Olsen Building Contractors, Inc., of Manistique.

According to owner Todd Olsen, the company hopes to start the renovation process by next week and have it completed by the first week of August, when a Great Lakes cruise ship is set to visit the area.

City Manager Sheila Aldrich noted that the ship, run by Travel Dynamic International, already has two fully booked cruises set to visit the area.

“One of the nicest benefits of that ship coming in is the exposure it will bring to Manistique and the folks it will bring walking around Manistique,” she said.

Olsen said he would have preconstruction meetings with the dredging company, as well as his other subcontractors, then begin the process. He noted that everything would be, hopefully, happening at the same time to ensure the August completion date.

“It’s a very timely project for me and I’m very glad,” he said.

He also added that the company would find a way to provide temporary, above ground fuel tanks for boats docked at the marina.

In other business, council members also approved two land acquisition grants from the Department of Natural Resources. The parcels were previously owned by FutureMark – Manistique and will now be used to extend the boardwalk.

Aldrich explained the parcels must now be appraised and the figures sent back to the state. As a condition of the grant, the state requires the properties be kept in recreational public use for perpetuity, she added.

“You’re using public dollars to get public land, so it has to be kept for the public,” she said. “That’s a good thing – it ensures that the land will be kept for the public and for public use.”

The city received the award this winter, and also has three more land acquisition grants pending. Aldrich explained she has been invited to Mackinac City in June to make a presentation to the DNR about why the city needs the additional three parcels.

“I probably will, because I did one on these last two up in Munising,” she said. “I don’t think that it hurts, because then they know how interested you are.”

Aldrich explained that the additional parcels of land will allow the boardwalk to extend from the marina, up the Manistique River, across to Central Park, through the park to Lakeside Road, from Lakeside Road to Manistique Avenue, and back to the boardwalk’s east side.

“Without these three parcels, it’s going to be kind of hard to tie the whole boardwalk up along the stretch of river,” she said.

Other projects the city is working on and planning are the Park Avenue infrastructure and DIG (Downtown Infrastructure Grant) work. The Park Avenue work, an extension of last summer’s $8.6 million infrastructure upgrade, has begun, Aldrich explained, following Tuesday’s meeting.

Currently, crews are blasting on the block, and are expected to complete the project by mid-July.

DIG work will be used for a project from Walnut Street to the intersection past Oak Street, Aldrich said. It is set to begin the day after Labor Day and is expected to be done by Nov. 1.

“It had been part of the project in 1994 when they did River Street and Cedar Street, but from what I understand, they got to the State Savings Bank corner and partway down that block, they ran out of funding,” she said. “So they didn’t replace the water and sewer lines – they left the old lines and just redid the streets.”

In 2011, while the city was fixing a water line break near that area, workers noted the poor condition of the water and sewer lines, Aldrich explained, prompting the city to explore and acquire the DIG grant.

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