Ordinance would allow tourist signs

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique City Council introduced a proposed ordinance Monday that would allow the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs (TODS) Program to come to Manistique during its regular meeting.

City Manager Sheila Aldrich gave the council an overview of the TODS Program. She said the program gives certain Michigan businesses and tourist attractions a chance to be highlighted on Pure Michigan road signs.

“They’ll have a business or an attraction (on) them,” she said.

Sign assemblies for the TODS Program can feature multiple businesses and attractions, and TODS are located within 15 miles of the businesses they are promoting (or within 10 miles in the Lower Peninsula). The cost of participating in the TODS Program is $360 per year per sign.

Aldrich said she has seen TODS installed elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula.

“I think they’re a very attractive sign,” she said.

For the TODS Program to come to Manistique, Aldrich said the council must approve an ordinance permitting the signs within city limits.

“This would be the first step for us to get the ordinance in place,” she said.

A TODS-related amendment to Manistique’s existing zoning ordinance was also introduced Monday.

“It would go along with this stand alone ordinance,” Aldrich said.

The council will take an official vote on both the ordinance and the amendment during its next meeting.

In other business, the council:

– approved a pair of reimbursement requests for the city’s M-94 project. These included a $46,409.91 reimbursement request for work on the water system, and a $49,568.79 reimbursement request for work on the sewer system.

– authorized a $78,000 work order for Coleman Engineering’s work on improvements to Marina Drive.

– agreed to move forward with a grant request to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Development that would fund the northward expansion of Marquette Avenue.