Park Street and farmers market under consideration

Park Street as viewed north from Main Street. (C. Faulknor/BC Gazette)

South Park St. plans

Plans for South Park St. were discussed during the Boyne City Main Street/DDA Meeting on Thursday May 3.

The area between Water and Ray streets could see angle parking to the west between Water St. and the alley,but the Boyne City Main Street Board opted to seek more information on the various issues before making any decisions.

The area between Ray and Pine streets could see the parallel parking retained on both sides with curbs moved toward the sidewalks some to make angle parking easier during church services.

According to Boyne City Manager Michael Cain, the general consensus is that there is preference in maintaining more green space and trees in this area and there does not seem to bean urgency for additional parking although there were some concerns about long-term needs.

Cain said Wright Builders has expressedconcern about closing the nearby alley because they feel it will impact vehicles going to the rear of their building.

As far as possibly putting utilities underground, the question is who will pay for any modifications ofthe property owners’ services to connect underground.

Boyne City Public Works Director Andy Kovolski said he has been holding discussions with the necessary parties to get estimates on the costs of various proposed utility burials.

The board discussed the project with Cain citing that pushing the curbs back could cause a problem with mature trees needing to be removed to allow for the new curbing.

The issue of angle parking was discussed.

Cain said the city’s current general standard on angle parking could put some of the proposed spaces a little too far into the road which could cause issues.

Traffic flow was also discussed.

“Creating congestion in a downtown area isn’t bad,” Cain said. “The purpose in downtown traffic isn’t to get them from ‘A’ to ‘B’ as quick as possible, it’s to getthem down there at a slow speed looking at the stores, shopping and looking out for pedestrians.”

The matter could be discussed as early as the next Main Street meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday June 7 at City Hall.

Becky Harris gave an update on the farmers market. There are currently 74 vendors that belong to the market. The first outdoor market of the year was held in recent weeks. The market accepts Bridge Cards (the electronic form of food stamps).

Boyne City Main Street Director Hugh Conklin said rules concerning dogs in the park during the farmers market will be posted, and they will be allowed as long as there are no problems with animals during market hours.

Boyne City Manager Michael Cain asked if any vendors were using electricity at the park during the market,and said if they are they need to be charged for it.

Cain said someone made a comment to him about the size of the market that they were concerned the market could become too big.

Conklin said one of the concerns some vendors have is too many people selling the same product.

“I don’t think we want it to get any larger than what it is right now,” Conklin said. “But then on the other hand if we’re trying to promote a local food system, and people are creating local food and growing their own foods then they need to have an opportunity to sell that.”

He added, “It’s a fine line.”

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