RC approves pledge for marina study

ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City Council approved a pledged of $1,000 for a marina study during its meeting Tuesday.

“I don’t have a ton of information,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “This is kind of an operative venture of multiple marinas through the state through the Michigan Port Collaborative. What they’re trying to do is build a database of true economic impact on a waterfront community; what your waterfront brings in, in terms of revenue. (It’s) not just the marina, parks and ports and everything.”

He said it could be a true benefit in a financial standpoint.

“For $500 you’ll get the state, for $1,000 you’ll get the team to come into community talks to business owners,” Hefele said. “I asked how they build a database. The plan is to make something that we could fill year to year.”

He said the port collaborative hasn’t created the database yet. In order to go forward with the study he said the organizer has to get 23 marinas to pledge.

Hefele was approached to do the project by Alpena Harbormaster Don Gilmet. He said the project would be done in the spring and summer.

“How does a business know how much money it’s getting from that?” Mayor Pro Tem Gary Nowak said.

Hefele said he’s not sure how it measures this kind of thing, but the people involved are experts.

“It’s a pledge at this point. I can tell you I have a lot of faith in Don,” Helefe said. “I know the Michigan Port Collaborative is behind it. I’ve been told by numerous sources the people involved are top notch. It’s a good thing. It would be great information for us to have.”

Council member Ken Bielas said he didn’t see an issue with anything.

“I think we can pledge it and see where it goes from there,” Bielas said.

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