Boyne City Manager Michael Cain said the city will undergo an anticipated $956,225 spread over several road projects this year.
“Maintaining the roads is a high priority for the community,” Cain said. “If your readers drive around town I think they’ll find our roads are better than the roads in many other areas.”
Cain expects the Bay Street sewer work to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re coming up with better locations where to take our rainwater discharge as it collects,” he said. “We’re going to be putting in stormwater filtration devices before the stormwater can get into Lake Charlevoix at that location.”
The filters will help reduce silt, solids and other particles which may be harmful to the lake.
A repaving project on Charlevoix Street will encompass the area from Court Street north to the city limits.
The repaving of approximately 3,500 feet of Marshal Road west of Anderson could begin this summer in cooperation with Wilson and Eveline Townships as well.
While no start date has been established, the Charlevoix County Road Commission has won the bid to complete the work.
Included in this year’s road budget is nearly $400,000 which will be allocated to the city’s road maintenance program, now in its third year.
“We do crack sealing and road capping and things of that nature,” Cain said. “We don’t have our list of roads yet, but we’ll be working out details on that in the next couple months, and that is something that will be done over the summer.”
He added, “The idea is to repair roads to get additional life out of them rather than have them go to complete reconstruction as soon.”
5.7mils of the city’s 15.51 (2011) millage rate – more than a third of taxes collected by the city – go toward road repair, construction and upkeep.
“That contribution is in addition to the gas tax that comes from the state – which is going down because people do not want to buy as much gas,” Cain said. “That is in addition to the (Charlevoix County) Road Millage money … we are anticipating $150,000 this coming year.”
Between road projects and maintenance such as snowplowing, the city will spend nearly $1.8 million this year.