Boyne City Manager’s report Oct. 28

city manager's report webBenjamin Gohs

News Editor

Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave commissioners his regular bi-monthly report on Oct. 28.

The Boyne City Commission was apprised of numerous items of interest, including a street work update, Main Street accreditation, various permits and more.

Ray and East streets project

Installation of the underground wiring and trees has been taking place, and the LED streetlight components have arrived and will soon be installed.

“Despite all the wet weather, the East and Ray street project continues to come together,” said Cain. “Paving of most of the base coat (was) complete late last week with the top coat scheduled for installation this Thursday.”

Saving trees

“With the expansion of the Boyne Medical Center moving forward, the city was given the opportunity to obtain two nice new pine trees, which we did dig up and transplanted out to the dog park,” said Cain.

Safe Routes To School

The city’s application for a grant through this program has been submitted.

Dog park

“New directional signs for the dog park, that will be placed on West Michigan and Charlevoix streets, arrived last week and should be installed soon,” said Cain.

Main Street Program

“Last week, our Main Street Program was reviewed and re-accredited by the state and national Main Street programs for another two years,” Cain said. “

Lower Lake Street

“The MDEQ has requested more time to review the lower Lake Street storm drain outfall permit that we submitted several months ago,” Cain said. “We are meeting with them later today and hope to have an acceptable permit by early November.”

Cain said the city is trying to keep the neighbors informed regarding this situation.

Boyne City Commissioner Derek Gaylord asked why the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was holding up the permit.

“Did they give a reason why they want more time or what the concern is?” Gaylord said.

Cain said the MDEQ is concerned with three main items, including the shape of the pipe.

“We had proposed a round pipe. They would like to see a flattened, more oval one that they think can handle the same flow capacities,” Cain said. “I think they’re trying to lower the profile.”
The MDEQ also has concerns with the city’s proposal to place sand and native grasses over the pipe. The MDEQ would rather see rock placed over the top of the pipe.

The other issue is the length of the pipe.

“The water levels have come back up on the lake and they would like to have the pipe shorter so it doesn’t go into the lake as much,” Cain said. “We’re pointing out to them that that’s probably why the reason the pipe that is there now isn’t reaching the lake is because the lake levels have dropped.”

MDEQ must make the final decision on whether the city receives the permit.

Marina expansion permit

Cain said the city is working on the second half of the permit process regarding its municipal marina expansion project.

“We received, and are reviewing, the Army Corp. of Engineers draft permit for our proposed marina expansion,” he said… “We have 60 days to complete our review but I anticipate this matter will be coming before the city commission for consideration sometime in November.”

The new shoppers dock will be removed and stored now that the boating season is over.

prosperity board

Cain has been appointed as one of only two city managers to serve on the new Network Northwest Regional Prosperity Board, which serves 10 counties in the northwest lower peninsula.

“This is a reformulation of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments to make it more in line with the governor’s regional prosperity program initiatives,” said Cain. “I’m hoping my involvement will be good information for the City of Boyne City and for all the others involved.”