2013-12-19 / Front Page

City receives grants, adds to fund balance

Audit report is clean, land acquisition a go

MANISTIQUE – The city has received another clean audit report and added approximately $40,000 to its fund balance. The audit presentation was given during Monday’s meeting of the Manistique City Council.

According to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, the audit report was “excellent”. She added that this was the case whenever money is added to the fund balance.

Mayor David Peterson credited both Aldrich and city staff for obtaining the clean audit report.

Aldrich said $41,654 was added to the city’s fund balance, bringing the total to $587,600.

“It’s always a positive when we can add money to general fund and at the same time be productive and complete projects,” she said. “Our auditor gave the council credit for completing $18 million worth of projects in the last few years … while at the same time conducting normal business.”

In other business, the city council also approved contracts for the Fraternal Order of Police and the supervisors of the Department of Public Works and water treatment plant.

Aldrich also noted that the city also learned it had received three land acquisition grants from the Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund. The city applied for these grants earlier this year, which are part of the city’s non-motorized plan, developed with the help of the Sault Tribe’s Strategic Alliance for Health. The plan involves completing a three-mile loop that would start and end at the existing boardwalk. The path would accommodate both pedestrians and bikers and extend 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.

“We’re pretty fortunate,” said Aldrich. “Now what that does is allows us … to look for non-motorized grants.”

Aldrich said the non-motorized transportation group has already amassed almost $30,000 to put toward grant matches to complete the boardwalk extension.

“It will be used by a lot of people,” Aldrich added.

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