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Manistique gets funds for snowmobile bridge

April 14, 2009
By Laura Mead

MANISTIQUE - The city of Manistique has received a DNR grant to make repairs to a snowmobile bridge which had been damaged by four-wheelers driving over it, causing erosion. The grant was accepted at the regular meeting of the Manistique City Council Monday.

Council applied for the DNR grant last fall, to make repairs for the damaged bridge, which is located near the city's water plant in city limits.

"The grant is to repair an area where four-wheelers had gone up and down the banks and caused erosion," said City Manager Sheila Aldrich.

Aldrich said, as part of the grant, the city will work with the DNR to put up some type of blockage, either stones or a fence, to keep four-wheelers from riding on it and damaging it.

The city accepted the $6,300 grant to repair the bridge and block off areas to prevent further damage.

Council authorized Official Payments, a company which provides online transaction service, to accept city residents' online payments.

The city will be accepting payment for tax bills online, and will be using this company to process those transactions.

There will be no cost to the city, however customers will have to pay a convenience fee to make online payments. For customers using credit cards, they will be charged a fee of 3 percent of their transaction. For customers using an e-check, there is a $5 fee for transactions up to $10,000, and a $20 fee for transactions over $10,000.

In other business:

Council nominated Mayor Dave Peterson to be the zone representative for the city's risk management firm.

During public comment, Carla Cheuvront, owner of the Cedar St. Cafe, and Main Street coordinator for the Michigan Main Street Program the city is participating in, gave an update on the downtown beautification program.

"They will be buying benches, putting in flower containers and they're talking about placing banners downtown," said Aldrich. "It's really quite nice. They have done so much and we're pretty proud of what they've done."

Most of the beautification activities will be done this summer, said Cheuvront.

Also during public comment, council member Dan Evonich said he had spoken with officials from the Department of Environmental Quality who will be coming to Manistique May 11 to answer questions about the city's need to upgrade its water plant to comply with new DEQ water quality regulations.

"We'll have a public comment period, and we're going to try and set something up through the Pioneer Tribune, so people can use Twitter (an on-line communication network) so they can send in questions," said Aldrich. "It will be kind of an interesting meeting, since this is the first time we've done anything like that."

The next meeting of the Manistique City Council will be April 27, at 7 p.m., at city hall.



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