Manistique adjusts city budget

MANISTIQUE — Before the city of Manistique’s 2017-18 fiscal year begins Saturday, the Manistique City Council approved a final round of amendments to the city’s 2016-17 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

In the original version of the city’s budget for the current fiscal year, general fund revenues were listed as $2,092,968 and general fund expenditures were $2,090,466. These values were amended to $2,356,046 and $2,355,186, respectively.

Manistique City Manager Sheila Aldrich noted many of the funds discussed Monday were related to city projects. During the meeting, minor amendments to funds for construction at the Westside Boat Launch, construction at the marina, the construction and operation of the new Manistique Lakeshore Campground, the renovation of Triangle Park, the renovation of a ballfield near the water tower, and the city’s M-94 project were all approved.

“We ran a lot of grants and a lot of projects in this last fiscal year,” she said.

Minor amendments were also approved for Manistique’s major street, local street, marina, blight and beautification, Cedar Street Slam, landfill, Folkfest, Downtown Development Authority, ambulance, recreation, sewer, water, and Sewer Asset Management funds.

In other business, council:

– heard from Water/Wastewater Superintendent Corey Barr about the cause of foam on the Manistique River. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, this is largely due to high water levels in the river and the subsequent presence of high levels of tannins, which are natural foaming agents. Barr noted these tannins do not pose a threat to Manistique’s residents.

– approved a new contract between the city of Manistique and Manistique Township for fire protection services.