2017-04-20 / Local News

Upgrades to marina being drawn up

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff

The Suttons Bay marina may soon sport a new look.

The Suttons Bay Village Council on Monday awarded a $30,300 contract with the engineering firm Gosling Czubak to provide a design and engineered drawings for signifi- cant upgrades to the village marina.

The engineering study will provide details on projects to upgrade electrical service on the north side of the marina, improve boat launches and lighting, provide irrigation and new landscaping utilizing native Michigan plants, and add safety railings to several areas of the marina.

Village Manager Wally Delamater said the engineering expense was included in this year’s budget, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will likely be required for the project itself has been accruing in a usersupported marina fund balance for years in keeping with a Marina Master Plan.

Delamater said some of the projects will be performed this year, with “high impact” projects conducted in the “pre-or-post boating season.”

Also, the council clarified a refund policy for boaters who no longer want to use their slips at the marina.

Acting at its regular monthly meeting, the Village Council voted to include a reimbursement table in the village’s official Schedule of Fees for various services provided by the village.

“This has been the policy in place for at least 10 years,” explained village manager Wally Delamater, “but including this policy in our fee schedule assures that everybody knows about it and the Village Council reviews it every year.”

Boaters wanting to get out of their slip agreement with the village between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 will receive a 100-percent refund of their slip fees. The refund drops to 75-percent March 1 through May 14 before the marina opens, then to 50-percent in the latter half of May and only 25 percent in June. No refunds will be offered after July 1.

In other business, the council:

 Approved contracts with the engineering firm Fleis & Vandenbrink to conduct a routine, state-required Water Reliability Study and perform hydraulic flow testing of the village’s municipal water system. The study will cost $4,800 and the flow testing $1,500.

 Approved a $1,500 contract with the downstate planning firm Williams & Works to conduct a state-required five-year review of the village Master Plan, following a recommendation from the Village of Suttons Bay Planning Commission.

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