Marina, campground and all city sponsored interrupted
HARBOR BEACH — The Harbor Beach City Council announced the cancellation of all city sponsored events this month and next during its recent meetings May 4.
The cancellation effects all city sponsored events through June 2020, including the annual Memorial Day parade as well as the annual Truck Show.
The decision was made due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent stay-at-home and social distancing orders.
Additionally, the North Park Campground, city owned rental cottages, parks and playscapes are closed until May 29, pending further government intervention that would prohibit reopening. The city owned and operated marina also will remain closed, although boaters are allowed to launch their boats and the sheriff’s patrol will use the marina and hold a training session in the pavilion.
During the city’s meeting, Supervisor Ron Wruble and Mayor Gary Booms discussed the Trescott Street Pier. Two sections of the long pier are in need of repair. According to Wruble, one section is noticeably worse than the other. When the project begins, it will take an estimated month to complete the repairs. These should be completed by late summer or early fall.
The committee also discussed creating a golf cart path, running from the marina and North Park to downtown Harbor Beach. The path would allow residents and tourists to go downtown in their golf carts without riding on the roadway. Booms explained the city will need to negotiate with property owners for a right-of-way to complete this project.
During regular business, city council approved paying the May 2020 Bills for $256,700.55. In addition, they approved making a bond payment of $63,735.00, and they paid other bills totaling $7,799.20.
Supervisor Wruble asked the council to approve a 50 cent per hour raise to six city employees. Almost all were part time or seasonal employees. This would be the expected annual raise, noting they had not received a raise since last spring. Council agreed to the raise.
During council reports, Mayor Booms said the annual White Cane Fundraiser had been postponed, with a date to be announced in the future. The Harbor Beach Lions Club is in the process of having a bottle and can fundraiser. The club’s trailer is in the city hall parking lot with several large containers available for citizens’ donations. The refundable cans and bottles will be collected daily by club members, and they will be stored until the end of the fundraiser.
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