Here are the updates from the Village Manager Report that was presented to council at their regular meeting on Monday, February 7, 2022:
- Public Works Supervisor Search: Marcus Evans, DPW Supervisor is leaving the Village for a tremendous opportunity as Manager of the Harbor Springs Area Sewer District Authority. Marcus’ last day is February 17, 2022. He will be missed. Kevin Lane will act as Interim DPW Supervisor. The position can be found on our website at https://elkrapids.org/employment-opportunities/ and is currently posted in the Elk Rapids News, the Michigan Municipal League (MML) website classifieds, Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce website and Wednesday classified email blast, the Traverse City Ticker on certain days, the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA), and the Michigan Environmental Water Association (MWEA). Resumes and applications will be collected until February 25, 2022.
- Rotary Park Improvements: Tonight’s (2/7/22) meeting will set a public hearing for March 7, 2022 to receive comments on the proposed Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) application. Gourdie Frasier (engineering firm) has been working on design of the proposed kayak launch and other improvements at Rotary Park. They have provided revised cost estimates which are higher than those previously reviewed by Village Council. Deana Jerdee (Paddle Antrim) will be attending the February 22, 2022 regular Village Council meeting to review updates to the project costs and provide additional overview of the project in advance of the March 7 public hearing.
- Solar Panels at WWTP: PowerHome Solar and Village Staff met at the project site to review logistics and staging. All permits have been completed and design have been completed. Larry Knight (PowerHome Solar) reports that installation could begin in 2-4 weeks.
- Mitchell St Water and Sewer Improvements: Design Marcus Evans, DPW Supervisor, and I met with Gosling Czubek last week to discuss ongoing design of Mitchell Street Water and Sewer Improvements. The engineers noted the need to do extensive groundwater sampling which could require the project to remove any contaminated water from the site during construction. This change order is included in your packet with any accompanying memo from Marcus for RESOLUTION 22-06.
- Road Condition Survey: Gosling Czubek completed a Road Condition map (see attached) for the Village. Streets colored red or orange are in worse condition than the streets colored blue or light blue; lower numbers indicate worse road condition than higher numbers. This map will be used to coordinate with future water and sewer projects and project future road repair expenses. You may recall from our budgeting conversations that we are planning on mill and resurfacing a few streets in FY 2022-2023:
|2nd Street (from S. Bayshore to Ash)||Red (4)|
|Dexter (Noble to Isle of Pines)||Red (4)|
|River St (Bridge to US31)||Yellow (6)|
|Rivershore Dr (Third to Second)||Red (4)|