Check out Village Manager Bryan Gruesbeck’s report presented to council at the July 5, 2022 regular meeting:
Rotary Park Improvements: As you will recall, the Village Council applied to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF or “Trust Fund”) by resolution in March 2022. The project is intended to add a universally accessible boat launch, parking improvements, restrooms, kayak washing rack (to prevent the spread of invasive species), as well as accessible benches and a bike rack. The project is estimated cost $751,700. A total of $300,000 is requested from the Trust Fund. The Village committed to contributing $82,500 to the matching amount and Paddle Antrim is currently working to make up the remainder from various sources.
We have received some good news regarding these various sources in June 2022. The Elk Rapids Rotary awarded $25,000. This will pair nicely with the $50,000 that we were awarded from Rotary Charities (Traverse City). In June, the Oleson Foundation (Traverse City) committed $20,000.
We are waiting to find out if we are successful with the request from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Waterways grant program in the amount of $325,000 as well as the grant request made to Grant Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in the amount of
The Trust Fund will notify us in December 2022 if we are successful. If yes, we will finalize design and let the project for bid in the spring of 2023. Construction could begin in summer/fall of 2023 and project will be 100% complete in spring of 2024.
Traffic Study: During the June 20, 2020 meeting you briefly discussed performing a traffic study of areas of the Village which are problematic from a speed and safety perspective. Chief Dave Centala is securing a price quote from OHM – a firm from Petoskey who has performed a similar study of the City of Traverse City.
Bridge Street Housing Project: I was asked at the June 20, 2022 Village Council meeting to outline the costs associated with preparing the Village properties to the south side of the Government Center on Bridge Street for eventual sale. We are currently in the process of preparing due diligence items. Last week, we authorized Gosling Czubak to perform a wetland delineation of the two parcels in the amount of $1,900. The survey is estimated to cost approximately $2,800.
I am working with the Village Treasurer to create budgetary account with the $50,000 in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARPA) funding that you reserved for this project. Creating the account will allow us to report the financial details to you and help satisfy our ARPA reporting requirements.
Other items that may or likely require funding from the Village are listed below. Funding amounts are currently unknown for these tasks: