2017-06-29 / News

Summer Events Given Go-ahead by City Council; Sewer Work Problems Linger

By Erich T. Doerr

Many of St. Ignace’s weekly summer events were formally approved by the city council at its Monday, June 19, meeting. The council’s other points of discussion also including discussions about recent sewer work in the city and an office available for rent at City Hall.

The approvals focused on events organized by the St. Ignace Events Committee, including all of its weekly summer activities such as the Sunday evening Movies on the Bay, historic walking tours every Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday evening Locals on the Bay concerts, Thursday night Bayside Live! concerts, Friday’s Night at the Museum programs, Saturday evening Real Street Theater programming, Friday evening Bike Night promotions, and Saturday night fireworks. The events will run from the first week of July through early September. Separate resolutions also signed off on the Heritage Days celebration Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16, at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and the Fort de Buade Museum and Fish Feast at the St. Ignace Marina Saturday, July 22. All of the event approvals were passed unanimously.

For the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 17, a charitable gaming license was approved to the National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) for the raffle of a 1970s Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am to raise money for its scholarship fund. The winner for the raffle will be drawn during the St. Ignace show.

To accommodate the July 4 holiday, council moved both of its July meetings back one week. The first meeting of the month will now be Monday, July 10, instead of Monday, July 3. The second meeting also moves back to Monday, July 24, from Monday, July 17.

The council met with C2AE representative Chuck Lawson as it works to resolve issues with Maverick Construction following the recent sewer line work. The city still owes Maverick about $37,000, but says it cannot make the payment to them until it receives a payment request from Maverick to do so, and Maverick also owes the city some money in relation to Department of Public Works repairs on the lines, a total of more than $15,000.

The work in question relates to the sewer project on Fitch and Truckey streets the city carried out with help from a Community Development Block Grant. Problems have developed with the work that needs to be fixed, including a sewer backup on Fitch and a broken lateral pipe on Truckey.

Some work that has already been paid off to Maverick but remains under warranty is also problematic. There is likely a buried rock atop a pipe near the K Royale Lakefront Inn on the I-75 Business Loop that will need to be dealt with, while another pipe is sagging near the Stockbridge Street Lift Station alongside the Mill Slip. Mr. Lawson suggested the city line up Maverick to start making repairs within the next seven days or get its bonding company involved to carry out the work. Councilmember Steven Paquin said the city will work to resolve the issue and asked Mr. Lawson to check back in with the council in three weeks. The city is willing to litigate if necessary to settle the matter, but would prefer not to do so.

The City Hall office recently occupied by HOME of Mackinac County is vacant, as HOME moved into the office vacated by the departure of the Great Lakes Recovery Center, which moved to 799 Hombach Street. The council’s policy committee will be taking up the topic for discussion at one of its future meetings.

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