2010-05-15 / News

Drain Field Fails, No Bathrooms at Turtle Park

The septic drain field failed at Turtle Park, meaning there are no usable public bathrooms there, and the city's Building and Grounds Committee now is considering three options to resolve the problem. Until a final solution can be found, the committee will ask the Department of Public Works if it could regularly pump out the septic tank as a temporary fix for the summer.

“That would buy us just a skoosh of breathing room,” said Committee member Dan Wightman during a committee meeting Wednesday, May 5.

The city will have to work with the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, from which it leases the land, and will need permits from Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department.

Options are be to connect Great Turtle Park restrooms to the city's sewer system, constructing a new drain field, or adding an aeration system.

An engineering and feasibility study to connect Turtle Park restrooms to the city sewer would cost about $14,500, said city engineer Dennis Dombroski. Connection would be to a private sewer line owned by Grand Hotel, which would have to grant permission.

A new septic system will cost about $30,000 and would require a pumping system and an increase in the size of the tank, from 1,000 glalons to 2,400, and the size of the drain field, from 1,200 square feet to 2,500 square feet.

No future meetings have been scheduled on the issue.

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