Local government roundup
∫ The Alpena Municipal Council voted to approve the Blue Ribbon Event/Art Fair at Duck Park on June 25-27. It considered a request to conduct a bowfishing tournament fundraiser to be held in the spring. The request will be presented to the Council again once a firm date has been determined by the Thunder Bay River Center Board.
Council also voted to postpone a decision on the North Second Avenue and Miller Street intersection project until the January 19 meeting.
The board voted to approve the purchase of filters five to seven valves for the water treatment plant for the bid of $54,892.47 and for the manual overrides in the amount of $10,751 to The Macomb Group.
After coming out of closed session council voted to approve a three year contract with the police command union. The deal runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023.
Eight City employees were recognized for exhibiting “City Wide Pride”. DPW Technician, Tim Corn; Administrative Assistant for Police and Fire, Tracy Marquardt; Fire Command, Mike Sanders; Firefighter/Paramedic, Chris Morrison; Police Command, Eric Hamp; Police Patrol, Linnessa Mellberg; Engineering Assistant, Shannon Smolinski; and Human Resources Director, Kathy Himes were the 2020 recipients.
∫ The Harrisville City Council received information about the charging station agreement. RED E Charging will install electric vehicle chargers on the premises, and it will provide value to the city by attracting electric vehicle owners and the public too. Installation is slated to begin upon review and inspection of the site, beginning early this year.
Richard Castle from Consumers Energy informed the council about solar energy options for Consumer Energy customers in Harrisville. A presentation and conversation was also put forth by Jeff Myrom of Consumers Energy as to the feasibility of electric fleet vehicles for the city and education and technical development for such a project.
The board also agreed to discuss pay raises for administrative and municipal at the next finance meeting in February, prior to the setting of the General Fund Budget in March.
The council members also voted to enter into agreement with the Alcona County for the services of the designated assessor upon approval of the State Tax Commission.