2013-10-17 / Front Page

Marina project sees change

One portion must be postponed for future

MANISTIQUE – A portion of the current Manistique Marina project has been put on hold. The $115,365 change order request was accepted by Manistique City Council during the regular meeting Tuesday.

According to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, the portion of the project included cement and patio work behind the new harbormaster’s building. The reason for the change, she explained, was that area will be part of phase three of the overall marina project. During this phase, bin walls will be replaced, and the area would have to be excavated again.

The current phase of the estimated $4.2 million dollar renovation project, now underway, includes the new building, parking lot, fuel station and pump-out facility, as well as new broadside docking along the river’s edge. The new building will include restrooms and showers for boaters, as well as public restrooms, the harbor master’s office, and a public information area. It is expected to be completed in mid-October.

Phase one of the project, completed in 2010, included dredging of the river and harbor. The final phase of the project will include the replacement of bin walls and installation of floating piers within the marina itself, as well as access and parking improvements.

While the removal of the patio portion reflects an initial savings, Aldrich explained this amount would be added to phase three.

In other business, council heard an update on the Downtown Infrastructure Grant project. Aldrich explained that the city’s unforeseen replacement of the storm sewer in the area – an estimated $90,000 out of pocket – may be covered, at least in part, by the same grants funding the other portions of the project. Originally, the city obtained DIG and MDOT grants to cover the cost of replacing only water and sewer main. The city has yet to learn the ex act amount of grant funds to be provided by both entities.

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