Boyne City breaks ground on new facilities project

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Boyne City officials marked the official start of construction on the new Boyne City emergency services and administrative offices building late last week.

Local dignitaries, that included some Charlevoix County officials as well as the contractor and the engineer working on the project, met on Thursday April 21 at old city hall, located at 319 North Lake St., to commemorate the event.

Removal of asbestos from the old city hall building was successfully completed on Friday April 15.

Operations ceased at the old Boyne City Hall at noon on Friday April 1, at which time city hall and police department personnel and operations relocated to separate temporary facilities until the new city facility project is completed.

The Boyne City Police Department moved to a portion of the former public works garage, which is located immediately west of their old offices.

Boyne City Hall operations, as well as those of the MSU Extension office, relocated across the street from the old city hall at 364 North Lake St. in space leased from Honeywell.

The mailing address for Boyne City Hall remains unchanged at 319 North Lake St.

The groundbreaking held last Thursday signaled the start of the next phase of the new Boyne City administrative and emergency services facilities project with the demolition of the old city hall.

But, prior to that, the old city hall is performing one last function, as a training ground for emergency personnel operations.

Members of local law enforcement, fire and ambulance agencies used the vacated building to practice emergency response procedures, including the use of flash bang devices by law enforcement. See photos on page 8.

The approximately $6.6 million construction project was expected to begin in earnest on Monday April 25 and take nearly 14 months to complete.

The project should be completed around July of 2017.

The new City Facilities will house Boyne City’s police, fire, ambulance, city hall and museum operations.

Space has been designed to include the MSU Extension Office as well.

The Boyne City Commission recently approved the restoration and reuse of the city’s original 1903 tower clock in the new facility.

In addition, display space has been designed to properly house the city’s first piece of motorized fire equipment, its 1917 LaFrance fire truck.

The truck, which the then village bought new, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017, the year the city faculties project is scheduled to be completed.

The project was made possible by voter approval of a ballot measure authorizing financing for the project in May of 2015.

Pictured are Boyne City administrative, elected, EMS, fire and police officials with the city's engineers, contractors and other dignitaries at last week's groundbreaking ceremony. The featured photo shows Boyne City Mayor Tom Neidhamer giving a few words prior to breaking ground. Photos by Chris Faulknor
Pictured are Boyne City administrative, elected, EMS, fire and police officials with the city’s engineers, contractors and other dignitaries at last week’s groundbreaking ceremony. The featured photo shows Boyne City Mayor Tom Neidhamer giving a few words prior to breaking ground. Photos by Chris Faulknor