Check out the updates that the Village Manager Bryan Gruesbeck gave to council at their regular meeting on Monday May 2, 2022. Bonus: Housing Taskforce update he presented in addition to his written report.
- Citizens Academy: Advertising for the first Village Citizens Academy has begun. There is an ad in the newspaper, blog on the website, post in the box out front, and it is on Facebook. Applications can be found on the website and at the Government Center. Staff is already working on presentations and materials. The first session is on Tuesday May 31, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Government Center.
- Governance Training: Board and Commission members have been notified via email and flyers when they go to their meetings that the training is scheduled for Wednesday May 18, 2022 from 6 – 8 p.m. MSU Extension has agreed to provide training on the roles of government officials, ethics, and basic meeting etiquette.
- Mitchell Drive Sewer and Water: Currently, most residents on Mitchell Drive do not have access to the public sewer. Concurrently, any future sewer main construction would allow an opportunity to upgrade existing water main. We asked Gosling Czubak to create a design for water and sewer improvements on Mitchell Drive in order to get more information regarding cost. Gosling Czubak met with Village Staff on April 27, 2022 and discussed costs and challenges associated with the project. We will be discussing those findings and offering recommendations during the regular Village Council meeting scheduled for May 16, 2022.
- “Friendliest Harbor Around”: It is always useful to hear how our resources are viewed from “outside” the community. Mike Singleton, Harbormaster, sent me some interesting reading this week. The Traverse City Business News featured an article on area harbors and the Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor gets a significant mention (https://www.tcbusinessnews.com/making-a-splash-local-marinas-talk-pandemic-era-spike-in-boating-demand-waitlists-for-slips-plans-for-2022/). The American Sailing Institute also put together a slide collection of “Harbors and Anchorages of Northern Michigan (https://americansailinginstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-Anchorages-of-Northern-Michigan1.pdf).
- Old Bathing Beach: Many thanks to Sherry Steffen-Detwiler, the Parks & Rec Commission and Kevin Lane (DPW Supervisor) for bringing to our attention the need to make a few maintenance improvements to the beach (replacing parking barriers, corralling the beach sand, replace picnic tables, some other things). There is a little more work to be done, but this underrated park is on its way to becoming an improved space. Mr. Lane was able to install the barriers: