Numerous city projects top Boyne City Manager report

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Boyne City Manager Michael Cain (foreground) is pictured during an undated Boyne City Commission meeting. Boyne City Gazette File Photo

The most recent Boyne City Manager’s report included updates on numerous projects dealing with the airport, sidewalks, streetlights, city hall, the non-motorized trail and a fishing pier.

Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave his bimonthly report to the Boyne City Commission on Tuesday July 26.


Summer events
Cain said both the July 4 festival and Boyne Thunder went very well and were bigger and better than ever.
“Kudos to all those who were involved in making those events in Boyne City so successful,” he said.

New staff
Three people have been hired to fill vacancies in Boyne City municipal government.
Kelsey Sofia was hired as a new Boyne City Police Officer.
Travis Lapeer has been hired as the new DPW light equipment operator.
Jane Halstead has been hired as the city’s new general office clerk.

Airport work
MDOT is splitting the cost of an improvement project at the Boyne City Municipal Airport.
“If you’ve been out to the airport lately you’ll notice that the new pavement markings at the airport were completed last week and shows up very well,” said Cain.

Safe Routes To School
The project to construct and/or improve 1.1 miles of sidewalks to make student travel safer is underway and on schedule.

City facilities
Cain said the Boyne City facilities project, which includes the construction of a city hall and space for police, EMS, the fire department, museum and more, is moving ahead and on schedule.
“Our historic 1904 era city clock has been safely delivered to the Balzer Family Clockworks in Freeport, Maine,” said Cain… “And that’ll be ready for its complete restoration and then returned for us when the new city facilities project is complete in about a year from now.”

Boyne to US-31 trail
Work on the first phase of the Boyne City to US-31 non-motorized trail along Boyne City-Charlevoix Road is moving along, with pavement having been laid in recent weeks.
“We’re looking at working towards a formal ribbon-cutting probably around the Labor Day holiday,” said Cain.

Fishing pier?
Cain said Boyne City is working with Glen Catt of Catt Development on a grant opportunity that could, if it were approved, help fund a fishing pier at the One Water Street development.
“We anticipate bringing this matter to the city commission at your next meeting,” said Cain.
The city commission meets again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday July 9.

City audit
Cain said the auditing firm which serves the city was in town for just under a week last month to perform the annual audit on the city.
He said the results of the audit should be available sometime in September.
“All appears to have gone well,” Cain said.
The Boyne City Gazette will publish the highlights of the report when the information is released.

New streetlights
Boyne City officials recently sent a check to Consumers Energy in the amount of $12,251, along with the necessary paperwork, to begin the LED conversion process for 149 streetlights in Boyne City.
This is part of the process mandated by law to get rid of the old mercury-vapor type of light.
By choosing LED bulbs, rather than high pressure sodium which cast an orange light, the city’s streetlights will remain white.