While the Regular Council Meeting for February 22, 2022 was cancelled, here is the Village Manager Report that was included in the packet.
- Public Works Supervisor Search: Marcus Evans, DPW Supervisor’s last day was February 17, 2022. Kevin Lane will act as Interim DPW Supervisor. We have received a few quality resumes and will continue to collect them until February 25, 2022.
- Rotary Park Improvements: I mentioned during the previous meeting that I was working with Royce Raglund (wearing her GreenER hat) to submit of “Letter of Intent” (LOI) to the Consumers Energy Foundation Planet Awards for the installation of stormwater improvements to the Village-owned park on Lake Street. On February 11 I submitted the LOI requesting $85,000 to install native shore plantings, a raingarden, stormwater swale, a boat launch, rip-rap and small parking improvements. Generally, there are only two to four grant recipients for the Planet Awards from Michigan’s lower peninsula and the process is extremely competitive. Royce and I met with Carlin Smith from Consumers Energy and talked more about the project. The LOI represents the first step. If Consumes Energy is interested we will be invited to submit a “full” application.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Last summer we contracted with Hage Automotive for the installation of four charging stations in the southwest corner of the Cedar Street Parking Lot. Hage Automotive is sending us monthly usage reports. There are fewer datapoints than we would like, but as you can see in the chart below, people are increasingly finding and using the charging stations:
- Rain Garden Construction on Cedar Street: The quality of our waterways is important to our community. As you are aware, the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (TWC) will be working with the Village of Elk Rapids to install roadside rain gardens at select locations on Cedar Street. We recently sent letters to affected property owners on Cedar Street to provide background on the project give an early look at what a roadside rain garden looks like. Construction is expected this spring at the locations depicted in the graphic below: