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Local government roundup: RC Council votes against harbor pass pay station

∫ The Alpena County Finance Committee voted to recommend a series of grant requests to the board of commissioners.

The committee approved the 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant Renewal. The $12,416 in revenue will be for the 2021 budget year. The purpose of the funds are to supplement the development and maintenance of the emergency management program capable of protecting life, property and infrastructure during times of disaster or emergency.

The commissioners also approved allowing the sheriff’s office to apply for a DNR Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement Grant Renewal Application for $9,578 and a DNR Snowmobile Law Enforcement Grant Renewal Application for $10,178. The funds would be used for a snowmobile enforcement officer. The state can grant the full amounts, or less. There are no match funds required for the county.

The commissioners also approved the First Fever Foundation Legacy Grant Application for $2,000. The money, if granted, would be used to help the county purchase a sandbagging machine, which will cost $10,790.

∫ The Rogers City City Council voted 3-2 against purchasing a new daily pass pay station for the boat harbor. The cost of the new equipment would have been in the ballpark of about $7,000. After the second reading and a public hearing the council voted to amend the snowmobile ordinance in the city. The amendment increases the speed of the sleds in the city to 15 miles per hours from 10 MPH and mandates all operators have a valid driver’s licence

Mayor Scott McLennan updated the board on the participation rate from residents in the city in the 2020 census. McLennan said about 75% of residents have taken part in the count.

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