2009-05-16 / Top News

Don Andress Recognized by City Council

By Ryan Schlehuber

Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud and City Council recognized Donald "Duck" Andress at its meeting Wednesday, April 22, for the induction of his walking sticks at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. He is holding one of the sticks in his hand that will represent the Native American art and culture of the Midwest at the museum. He is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud and City Council recognized Donald "Duck" Andress at its meeting Wednesday, April 22, for the induction of his walking sticks at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. He is holding one of the sticks in his hand that will represent the Native American art and culture of the Midwest at the museum. He is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Don "Duck" Andress recently received recognition from the U.S. Congress, the State of Michigan, and Mackinac Island City Council for his handcrafting of Native American walking sticks.

Mr. Andress' art was accepted into the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian in January. He was in the limelight once again at Mackinac Island City Council's meeting Wednesday, April 22, as Mayor Margaret Doud read aloud a resolution recognizing Mr. Andress' inclusion in the Smithsonian. It was signed by all members of the city council and was presented to Mr. Andress afterward.

He has also received an American flag that was flown on the U.S. Capitol, from Stephen Ayers, acting architect of the Capitol, upon a request by U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak, and was given a special tribute from Michigan's 95th Legislature in February, presented by State Representative Gary McDowell and State Senator Jason Allen.

Mr. Andress will hang the Capitol flag at his home during certain special events, such as national holidays and for the birthday of his grandfather, James "Big Jimmy" Perault, the person who taught Mr. Andress his skill in making walking sticks.

In other council business that evening, Council received a notice from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality stating that Ira Green, proprietor of the McNally waterfront property on Main Street, is seeking use of bottomlands. Mr. Green has proposed building a boardwalk along the beach in front of two of his shoreline parcels on Main Street, which he hopes will be expanded by other shorefront owners.

Council took no action and had no discussion on the notice, which required none.

An amended version of Ordinance 278, for non-conforming uses and structures, was accepted by Council.

New to the ordinance are the following elements:

• A distinction between nonconforming land use and nonconforming structures, which had baffled Planning Commission and developers in several instances;

• The elimination of classes. All structures now fall under one class, Class A status, which allows a property owner to restore a damaged, non-conforming building without a variance if no more than 50% of the building is changed;

• Zoning Board of Appeals, which has one elected official serving on the board, will be the board to oversee all issues involving this ordinance, rather than Planning Commission, which has no Council representative serving on the board.

Council set a meeting for Zoning Board of Appeals for 4:30 p.m. June 3, for review of a variance request by Richard Trayser of the Big Store to construct an additional apartment in his building.

The building already has surpassed its density limit, however, Mr. Trayser is seeking to add an apartment for a relative who would assist him during the summer, as he recovers from surgery.

Island Electric was given approval for a permit to use the city's right-of-way to cut part of Hubbard Avenue for underground electrical repair at Carl Miller's residence on Grand Avenue near Hubbard's Annex.

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau was given permission by Council to use the city's Community Hall on Market Street for this year's Lilac Festival June 5 through June 14. It will be celebrating its 60th year.

Included with that request were several permits for events during the week-long festival, including a street hockey tournament, parades, street dancing, and the annual Taste of Mackinac, for which Community Hall would be an alternate venue in case of rain.

Both the dancing and street hockey will be on a closed section of Market Street, between Astor Street and the U.S. Post Office.

Use of the Community Hall conference room was given to American Legion Post 299, which will have a service officer conducting office hours for military veterans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27.

Seventy-one businesses were approved renewal of their licenses by Council, as were 11 off-island businesses.

A total of 95 temporary motor vehicle permits were approved by Council; 79 were requested by Grand Hotel for the use of golf carts for its two golf nine-hole courses, the Jewel and Woods.

Five trailer permits were also approved for various construction work on the Island.

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