BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, NEWS EDITOR
Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave his final report for the end of January recently.
Among items of interest he reported to the Boyne City Commission on Tuesday Jan. 26 were updates on the city facilities bidding process, information regarding the town’s historic clock and the latest on the low and moderate income study.
The Boyne City Hall, administration and emergency services and police facilities project went out for bids on schedule.
Construction bids on the project are due back to the city by 1 p.m. on Friday Feb. 12.
The bids will be opened and read at that time. The meeting is open to the public and located at Boyne City Hall, 319 North Lake St.
Cain said he has been contacted by a local firm regarding the city’s historic clock. They have experience in working on E. Howard clocks, like the city owns.
“I’ve set up a meeting with this clock person for later this week and we’ll see where that takes us,” Cain said. “Obviously, the more people we have giving us information on it, the better off we will be.”
Cain was also contacted by someone who claims to have movies of Boyne’s tower clock being demolished. Cain said, if the city receives the footage, it would make a nice addition to Boyne’s historical museum.
“Last week we received, after much delay, the draft lease from Honeywell for the temporary city facilities across the street,” Cain said. “I’ve shared that with our attorney and our insurance agent.”
Cain said he sent the draft back with the city’s comments and the lease was expected to be finalized by Feb. 1.
Cain said proposals have been issued regarding the upcoming survey on low and moderate incomes in the area.
The city was approved to perform this study by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“That is a precursor for us to be able to apply for a number of the grants that we have basically taken advantage of in the past,” Cain said.
Boyne City Mayor Tom Neidhamer asked Cain if the plan was still to perform the study in-house.
Cain said that was the plan.
“Just with the current level of activities and projects that we’re working on, I just don’t see where staff has the capacity to do this at this time,” Cain said.
The study has not been budgeted for. So, an undisclosed amount of money will need to be found to complete the study.
The Federal Screw building in the city’s business park was purchased by Northern Logistics of Claire.
“They have not completely determined how or when they will be using their new facility but they have
indicated … they will stay in touch as their plans develop,” Cain said.