3rd and Erie project should begin soon

ROGERS CITY — Work on the the Third and Erie Project in Rogers City should begin after Memorial Day.

City Manager Joe Hefele said the community development authority had Chairman John Budnik sign an agreement with the contractor, Dave Zelmerick Builders.

Hefele said they all will work hard to have the project done by Nautical Festival.

“If not, they’ll have a separate celebration in the fall,” Hefele said. “If not (done by Nautical Festival) it will be definitely be done by early fall.”

The project is to provide guided walkways, seating, historical nautical elements and a little about the history of Rogers City.

Budnik said they also discussed some design elements of the project.

He said at first they wanted to have a stainless steel compass rose as part of the landscape.

“But that was too expensive,” he said. “We talked with someone else and instead it will be etched in concrete with only north, south, east and west in steel. That will help shorten up the cost.”

He said the current budget of the project is about $117,000.

Budnik said they also found a place in Traverse City that will replace the curved glass for the Fresnel lens. The historical lens will be incorporated into the project.

“Once everything is done it will look real nice,” he said.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.