By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
The Boyne City Commission met Tuesday Feb. 14, to discuss numerous issues pertaining to the city.
Following is a round-up of items of interest discussed.
The $28,888.10 was awarded to Boyne Area Free Clinic for their patient testing and project fund-raising program. $20,435 was awarded to BCPS for development and enhancement of physical education program. A $10,000 grant was awarded to Boyne City for a sidewalk project.
“Over the years we have been able to apply for a number of grants and have received through the generosity of the band a number of projects,” said Boyne City Manager Michael Cain.
George Lasater of the Boyne Area Free Clinic accepted the check from the city commission on behalf of the free clinic.
“Hopefully everybody in our community is aware of our free clinic and the generosity of the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians,” said Boyne City Mayor Ron Grunch.
Cain said the city is also working with the BCPS and local businesses on possibly establishing a vocational education program.
Cain said the program would help students, “To attain the necessary skills to be successful employees with good paying jobs in businesses right here in our community. This would allow them if they so chose, to stay in our area and raise families of their own.”
Cain said IMI and Precision Edge are both supportive of the idea.
“Precision Edge has a similar program to this up in their facility in Sault Ste. Marie,” Cain said. “The school sent some representatives … up to the Sault to check out the facilities and check out the training program to see if that was something we wanted to try here.”
Cain said while details are still being considered, officials are confident this program could be implemented in the near future.
Cain said the Local Finance Development Authority in Boyne City may be approached for help with funding the proposed program.
New energy efficiency efforts have been implemented at Boyne City Hall. These measures include motion sensors which turn lights on and off in bathrooms to help save money.
Cain said the New Bay Winds Credit Union may be open in the next week or so.
Applications are being sought for the Boyne City Board of Review, Election Commission and Housing Commission.
Applications are available on the city’s website.