BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR
Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave his report of city business to the Boyne City Commissioners on Tuesday March 29.
Items of interest included updates on a housing study grant, absentee ballots, Sommerset Pointe’s sewer system, the city’s temporary facilities, and the Veterans Park playground cleanup project.
“We have been successful in obtaining the $15,000 statewide partnership grant that we recently applied for that will allow us, working through the Boyne City Housing Commission, to look at new housing options that will help meet the needs of our community and the neighboring region,” Cain said. “We will have more details as we receive the paperwork from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority that are necessary to implement that project.”
Cain said absentee ballots for the Tuesday May 10 school millage renewal election have arrived at Boyne City Hall.
Boyne City will accept the ballots until Saturday March 5 at its temporary location in the Honeywell building across the road from old city hall.
The city offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday.
Work continues on preparations for the regular startup of the Sommerset Pointe sanitary sewer forced main.
“A lot of activity has been going on on that on a daily basis since we last met,” said Cain. “And, it looks like they should be ready to begin regular operations by the end of this week.”
Cain gave commissioners an update on the city’s temporary facilities progress.
“Speaking of a lot of work, a lot of extra work has been taking place over the last few weeks as we prepare to move into our temporary facility,” he said. “A lot of extra effort has been taking place by … almost every one of our employees, volunteers and … also contractors that are helping to make this all come together.”
Cain added, “I’ve been real pleased and proud of the staff as they’ve been able to keep up their normal operations in the midst of all this extra work, clutter and confusion. It is a true credit to everyone involved—and, my hat’s off to them.”
Boyne City’s current facilities were expected to close on Friday April 1.
The temporary city administrative offices were expected to reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday April 4 in the south side of the Honeywell building. The address is 364 South Lake St. in Boyne City.
The Boyne City Police Department is moving to the former Department of Public Works building located on the old city hall property.
The city has until April 9 to raise $25,000 that will earn it a matching grant of $25,000 to help pay for a life-sized bronze statue of a logger called “The Last River Draw” to be located on the Boyne River.
Vets Park playground
Bids on the sealing and woodchip work necessary to get the community playground in Boyne City’s Veterans Park reopened are expected in the coming weeks.
Bids will be presented to the Boyne City Commission for a vote at the commission’s April 12 meeting.
“In the meantime, our contractor that was recently approved by the city commission is proceeding with work on the due care plan to help keep the playground safe as we go forward,” said Cain.