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Manistique City Council moves ahead on city’s marina project

October 26, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - Manistique City Council has voted to approve engineering plans for the city's marina project. The action was taken during a recent city council meeting.

According to Manistique City Manager Sheila Aldrich, the Downtown Development Authority project is possible through a grant funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Waterways Commission, and has been broken down into a number of phases. Coleman Engineering will serve as the engineering firm for the project.

The second phase of the marina project is estimated to cost $1.6 million, with the city providing a 50 percent match. Phase two includes construction of broadside docking, fuel and sanitary pump out facilities, and a new service building, which includes a harbor office, restrooms, showers, storage, electric, water and fuel facility controls.

"As part of the process we are required to send an engineering agreement to the state for them to review and accept," explained Aldrich.

Construction of broadside docking is considered a priority, as the city of Manistique will be visited by the cruise ship Yorktown through "A Voyage to the Five Great Lakes" in July 2013.

"The city of Manistique is scheduled to be a port for the Yorktown next summer and would like to be ready to receive them at our broadside docking," explained Aldrich. "In order to do that, we must start the marina process as early as we can, thus the reason for moving ahead with the project engineering plans."

The 138-guest Yorktown ship will sail the Great Lakes for 10 nights, from July 29-Aug. 8, 2013, departing from Toronto, Canada, and heading to its final destination, Duluth. Visits to Detroit, Alpena, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette, Houghton, and Manistique, among other optional excursions are included. A second departure from Aug. 8-18 will operate in the reverse direction from Duluth to Toronto.

"They will come into Manistique and then they have a bus that follows them around," said Aldrich. "They pick them up and they will take them out to the Big Springs and out to Fayette."

According to the marina project's anticipated schedule, construction on phase two is expected to begin May 1, 2013, with broadside docking expected to be complete around May 31. The remaining construction is preliminarily scheduled to be complete by Nov. 1, 2013.

Phase one of the marina project was a river dredging portion, while Aldrich said the third, and final phase of the project, would entail installation of new bin walls and floating piers.

In other business, the board was informed of an award the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health received on behalf of the city of Manistique for its continued efforts to transform into a healthier community. The city received a bronze award through the Promoting Active Communities Program. According to its website, the program is an online assessment and award system, where communities are able to use the self-assessment "to evaluate their built environments, policies and programs related to promoting and supporting physical activity." Those Michigan communities that complete the assessment are eligible for an award recognizing them "as an innovative Michigan community that is making it easier for their citizens to lead an active lifestyle."

According to Kerry Ott, Sault Tribe SAH community coordinator, the bronze recognition is a step up from the copper level award Manistique received last year.

"It's an upgrade from that because of the additional work on the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan," she said.

A bronze award signifies communities that "have taken important steps toward making it easy for people to be active," according to the PAC website.

Ott said Manistique hopes to reassess next year for the silver award recognition.

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