MANISTEE – A disc golf course at Lighthouse Park was unanimously approved at the Manistee City Council meeting on Tuesday. The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 60,115, including $ 34,565 in kind.
These benefits in kind would be provided by the Manistee Department of Public Works with a cash amount of $ 3,050 and a grant of $ 22,500S.
Jeff Mikula, director of the DPW, also said that the DPW is providing some money for the project so that not only the council and volunteers are funding the project. Mayor Lynda Beaton said she was having trouble voting on the project.
“I think it’s a great project for us. I always struggle with such decisions as to how to vote on something like this because I know that this will serve some more than the general population. Head I have to evaluate, you know the time value we are getting back.
“So I’ve been going back and forth in my head all morning or all day telling me how to vote,” said Beaton.
Beaton joined the rest of the council to unanimously approve the project.
The meeting also discussed approving a crane truck for the sewage department, updating information with the Army to keep a Civil War-era cannon currently on display at Veterans Memorial Park, and appointing people for vacant positions on committees and committees Commissions, as well as a presentation to the council by the Manistee City Parks Commission.
Most of the items on the agenda were relatively routine, adopted unanimously and little discussed.
However, fourth county council member Jermaine Sullivan had a few questions about buying the crane truck. Sullivan asked why many of the city’s trucks needed to be replaced as new municipal equipment, especially trucks and heavy machinery, was called for in recent council meetings.
Mikula noted that there have been many equipment failures and DPW has tried to extend the life of some trucks even after they are due to be replaced and that the trucks sometimes fail before they are able to use the new equipment. For example, the current crane truck that DPW wants to replace is over 20 years old.
According to the agenda for the meeting: “The current No. 130 truck is a 2000 GMC K3500 and is to be replaced. Gorno Ford obtained an offer for a cab and chassis, a service body and a crane through his MiDeals contract no. 071B7700181. The driver’s cab, chassis and service body are paid for from the vehicle fleet fund and the crane from the sewer operating budget. “
DPW requested a 2022 Ford F-450, a CM-CB 9-foot service body and an EC-3200 Stellar crane truck for the sewer system, which would cost $ 82,543.00 from Gorno Ford.
Mikula also noted that the old model was from 2000 and that the truck was purchased before either of his two sons was born and both are now in college.
Disc golf course part of the “new era” for the parking commission