2018-05-12 / News

City Council Grants Extensions To Finish Up Projects This Month

By Jacob A. Ball

With frost restrictions imposed until Thursday morning, May 10, several construction projects will need to be completed in May.

Excavation contractor Chad Belonga told the Mackinac Island City Council Wednesday, May 9, he still needs to install two new sections of the Stonecliffe area water main, which will replace inadequate plastic water lines. This project will require two one-day shutoffs of water service to the surrounding neighborhoods, but Mr. Belonga assured the council that any interruptions would be kept to a minimum. Public Works Director Mike Olson said the main needs to be replaced because the plastic pipe is a threat to public health and safety.

The project should take about a week. The materials are on the Island, and removal and replacement of the first section will begin Friday, May 11, Mr. Belonga said.

In addition, several other construction sites will require machinery to clean up debris, repair damaged roads, complete paving projects, and dig foundations and septic systems over the coming weeks, and the council approved extensions owing to the necessity of the projects.

Equipment is needed to repair damage on Annex Road, backfilling for a septic system installation at a Woodbluff home, digging the foundation for Brad Conkey’s home along M-185, fixing a small sinkhole at the Lake Huron end of Hoban Street, cleaning up the road to the Hedgecliffe property, and paving street cuts at the state park Visitors Center and a new home in the Annex.

An additional motor vehicle permit for R&D Landscape of Eaton Rapids was denied, owing to uncertainty about whether the vehicle had already been used. According to the police department, an escort had already been provided for the vehicle Wednesday, prior to approval. The application was to complete landscaping at a private home and was originally approved at the council’s April 25 meeting. The homeowner cancelled the work at that time and later requested it be completed, but the permit had expired. Councilors Kay Hoppenrath, Dennis Bradley, and Andrew McGreevy voted against the new application and City Clerk Danielle Wightman will contact the landscapers to see what is going on.

City Foreman Mike Ruddle received permission to expand bicycle parking outside city hall. There are usually many more bikes parked there than the racks can accommodate, he said, and the congestion interferes with grass cutting. With more spaces, he hopes that he will not have to spend time moving bikes.

Local resident Tim Leeper sent a letter to city council detailing issues with the installation of fire shutters in his apartment. The shutters are needed owing to the construction of a new employee housing building. The structure was built directly behind the Big Store building where Mr. Leeper lives and works, and building codes require fire shutters for buildings in close proximity. The preparations for the shutters began without Mr. Leeper’s notice, so a couple of weeks ago, he returned from the mainland to find his bedroom uninhabitable. The Big Store building is owned by Anthony Trayser, and the employee housing by Bob Benser. Council members were sympathetic to his problem, but were unsure how to compel quicker installation. Building Inspector Dennis Dombroski said he would work on a temporary solution to allow Mr. Leeper to use his bedroom until the shutters can be installed.

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