2008-08-16 / Top News

Council To Apply for Preserve America's Treasures Designation

By Ryan Schlehuber

As one of the first steps in preserving Mackinac Island's National Historic Landmark status, the city council, at a regular meeting Wednesday, August 13, agreed to apply for a Preserve America's Treasures community designation, which will qualify it for federal funding in helping restore and preserve historic structures and landmarks on the Island.

The city's planning commission discussed how the city can help retain and improve the Island's National Historic Landmark status with preservation professionals at a work session Thursday, August 1. The discussion led to the idea to create guidelines for the city's zoning ordinance to follow that will help city planners make decisions on new buildings, restoration of historic buildings, and demolition of buildings in the future.

With a Preserve America's Treasures designation, the city would be eligible for federal funding that ranges from $20,000 to $150,000.

A new light pole near the corner of Market Street and Lake Shore Road will be installed with a new light-emitting diode (LED) Monday, August 18, as a trial display for the city and community. If it works well, the city may replace its estimated 100 light poles with LED lights from the Carrier Gable company of Farmington Hills.

LED lights are said to be less expensive than incandescent and compact fluorescent lights and last as long as 20 years.

Cost per pole is an estimated $2,500, which includes purchasing the light, the pole, and installation, said Kelly Bean, assistant to Mayor Margaret Doud.

City representatives will meet with Carrier Gable representatives at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, to discuss the features of LED lights on the Island.

An annual service agreement for digital fingerprint equipment, used by the Mackinac Island Police Department, was renewed by Council. The agreement requires the department to pay $2,995 per year. The equipment is state requirement, Police Chief Jim Marks told Council. He also said his department has the equipment already budgeted for the year. The FingerRoll Livescan equipment replaces the hard card and ink fingerprints traditionally used by police departments.

Council granted an event permit to Chris West and Jamie Bynoe to hold a street hockey tournament on Market Street, near the Stuart House Museum, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, September 7. A soft ball will be substituted for a puck.

The purchase of swings for Great Turtle Park and Mackinac Island Public School was approved by Council. The school will reimburse the city for its portion of the $809.57 invoice, which amounts to $336.

Council approve a temporary motor vehicle permit to American Red Cross for use of a truck to haul supplies from the dock to the Community Hall for a blood drive Wednesday, August 27. The permit fee was waived.

Mission Point Resort was given two permits for two semi trucks to deliver propane to the resort.

Native Painting was awarded a permit to move a man lift from the Annex to Arnold Transit Company's coal dock.

A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, for a lot coverage variance request from Debra and Sandra Orr, who are seeking to install an exterior basement exit and a retaining wall on their new home on Cadotte Avenue. Doing so will make the home's footprint exceed the city's maximum allowed lot coverage.

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