2018-05-16 / News

Wind damage won’t delay pool

Safe Routes project moves forward
BY JERRY COOK
Reporter

MARLETTE — The recent wind storm brought concerns for the city.

One incident had a power line down on the railway tracks that run through town. A downed power line can potentially conduct electricity through the rails, posing a danger to the public.

Council thanked Chief of Police Brian McGinnis for all the effort that he, his officers, city workers and the fire department employed on May 4 to protect the public during the incident.

In another incident, wind tore a portion of the rubber roof off the pool house at the city park.

In spite of the damage, city workers are getting the municipal swimming pool ready for summer.

“The pool has been drained and cleaned and the Sanilac County Health Department has sent their check list that they will use for their inspection in late May,” said city Manager Corey Schmidt.

“Our goal is to have the pool filled and running during the week of May 21 in order to get our inspection done with time to spare for the opening date.”

Getting everything ready for pool season involves a lot of preparations including securing life guards.

New life guards and returning ones need to be certified.

Former Marlette resident Alex Luneke will return from her home in Ohio to run the class and will train the life guards in an indoor pool.

“We owe Alex a debt of gratitude for helping us in this situation,” said Schmidt. “Thankfully, all of our returning guards seeking re-certification could make it that weekend, and most of our new applicants could also make it, which gave us the numbers needed for Alex to offer class. We are lucky that this worked out as it did this year.”

Residents can expect opening night to be on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. with a free swim.

Also, patrons can expect the same entry fees as last year ($2) for all sessions except for special $1 entry fees on Tuesdays and Fridays. There will be an increase in swim lesson fees from $35 to $40.

A few months ago the city received a conditional commitment from the State of Michigan for a Safe Routes to School grant. It was conditional because a few items needed to be done including a right of way certification, completion of the design, and an updated project schedule.

The certification involved Our Savior Lutheran School granting a property acquisition process which was a request for a permanent easement. The grant-funded easement will allow the city to create a sidewalk path from the city right-of-way on West Marlette Street north to the Our Savior Lutheran Church building.

The church council waived the fair market assessment process and offered the easement areas as a donation. The easement area has been surveyed and other legalities completed including a maintenance agreement signed by the church.

On May 7 the council authorized Mayor Dennis Cargill and the city clerk to sign the easement agreement to the property.

The earliest the Safe Routes to School project will begin is in 2019 assuming that all conditions are satisfied.

Another area of funding known as the Recreation Passport Grant is still being worked on by the park board. It has been determined that two full-length basketball courts running north and south will be provided along with two additional hoops, one on the east and one on the west allowing for six shooting areas with half court designs.

New basketball hoop posts will be donated by Sanilac Steel. Also, Marlette Roofing will be contributing their time and materials to renovate the existing backboards and rims. The project will likely begin in the fall.

Neil Bishop, a member of the new Country Fair Committee, advised council on the preparations for the annual event scheduled on July 19 – 22.

Bishop reported the committee is having a difficult time securing a sponsor for a hospitality tent.

Sponsors with the necessary licenses and credentials to sponsor the tent are not interested and the committee is running out of options.

Bishop indicated the city may have to come to the rescue if there is to be a hospitality tent.

“I am still seeking a sponsor and the last thing I want to do is approach the city to sponsor the tent but that might be the only option,” said Bishop.

A recent poll of Marlette citizens showed strong support for the summer festival and a hospitality tent in the park.

No action was taken by council on the matter and it will be brought up again at the June meeting.

Meanwhile, council approved a donation of $1,500 to the Country Fair Committee, which is a down from $5,000 made in recent years.

Council learned that a subcommittee of the Downtown Development Authority is working on a proposal for a farmers’ market. This market may begin in July on the downtown lot across from Chase Bank.

The hunt for a new city manager is occurring and May 21 is the deadline for all applicants.

Schmidt, who has been city manager for two years, has accepted a similar position in Williamston.

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