Local government ROUNDUP

Recent actions by local governments in Northeast Michigan.

∫ Rogers City Mayor Scott McLennan said the city’s harbor brought in $115,000 in revenue for the month of July, about $45,000 more than usual, largely because of an increase in fuel sales and boater traffic. McLennan said he was asked by a member of the Harbor Advisory Board if he could stop by the harbor to give a “mayor’s welcome” to 10 boats from Drummond Island who had come in.

“It’s been a busy harbor this summer, and we’re grateful for all that have stopped here,” he said.

Rogers City also agreed to let the city’s Downtown Development Authority utilize the city-owned parking lot on Erie Street so vendors and patrons of a farmers market could have access to a portable toilet. The agreement came with a stipulation that the DDA pay for the lot, which the DDA agreed to do, but then two downtown businesses, Domaci Gallery and the fitness center across the street from the farmers market, offered up the use of their facilities, McLennan said.

City Manager Joe Hefele recently told the City Council that, between now and the end of the season, there would be time spent discussing the future location of the farmers market.

Additionally, Police Chief Matt Quaine has submitted his formal letter of retirement to the council, notifying them that his last day with the city will be Dec. 13. But, with vacation and leave time that he’s accumulated, he is projecting his last his last working day to be Nov. 27.

“I love Rogers City, and the City of Rogers City has been an outstanding place to work over the past 30 years,” he said in his letter of retirement, adding he’s worked for five city managers but believes the current administration truly has the city, community and employees’ best interests in mind.

He requests the new chief of police to be sworn in on Nov. 27 to meet state requirements.

∫ The Alcona County Board of Commissioners received notification from the U.S. Forest Service that a building owned by the Forest Service will be going to a competitive bid.

The county currently has a special-use permit with the Forest Service to utilize the building, 320 S. State St., Harrisville, where they county’s Michigan State University Extension Office is currently located.

“They’ve decided it’s an excess in their inventory that’s not necessary and they offered it to us on a closed-sale bid,” county board Chairman Craig Johnston said. “The price was a little more than we wanted to spend, so now they’re going to a competitive bid.”

Johnston said the county is still interested in the property, but will have to wait until it comes out for bid.

∫ The Harrisville City Council agreed to allow Mayor Jeffrey Gehring to decide which construction company will replace the District Health Department No. 2’s roof, after he finds out more details about the costs associated with one of the proposals

The council received two bids, one from the Lincoln-based Hartman Roofing and Maintenance and one from the Oscoda-based John’s Home Maintenance.

Hartman Roofing and Maintenance estimated the repairs would cost $21,538 for the replacement, plus an additional $2.75 per foot for any bad boards that needed to be replaced during the project. Any sheeting that needs to be replaced would cost an additional $35 per sheet.

John’s Home Maintenance quoted the roof replacement to cost a minimum $21,925. Add-ons, such as using “pro” shingles and the installation of an extra three feet of ice guard, would cost an additional $775 and $545, respectively. The quote did not include the cost associated with replacing “any bad boards.”

Alderman Jim Ferguson said he would like to know what the company considers “any bad board” and expressed concern those replacements could add up quickly.

The project will be funded out of the city’s savings.


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