2009-06-06 / Top News

Wightman, Dunnigan Fill Planning Commission Seats

Sidewalk Repair, Turtle Park Restroom Upgrades Find Approval With City Council
By Kerri Jo Molitor

The Mackinac Island City Council approved Mayor Margaret Doud's appointments to fill two vacancies in the Planning Commission at their June 3 meeting in Community Hall. Appointed were councilman Dan Wightman and Candi Dunnigan. Mayor Doud nominated Mr. Wightman after City Attorney Tom Evashevski informed her that she could appoint city council members to be a liaison between the council and the Planning Commission.

The positions were vacant after Margaret Horn resigned in Fall 2008 and James Bazinau resigned at the May 23 Planning Commission Meeting.

A 20-foot by 5-foot section of damaged sidewalk in front of Bennett Hall will be replaced and the cause of the damage, a tree root, will be cut off. The tree, a cottonwood, may be seriously damaged when its root is cut. Mr. Wightman said he worried about the tree falling down when the root is cut because it is so big.

The tree sits on private property but its roots have been growing under the city sidewalk. Mr. Evashevski said it is the city's responsibility to maintain the sidewalk, regardless of who or what caused the damage, so the tree's owner cannot be charged for the cost of replacing the sidewalk.

The Mackinac Island Department of Recreation was granted approval to refurbish the restrooms at Turtle Park with new plumbing fixtures and new paint. Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD) estimates the refurbishments will cost $8,000. MIRD, a nonprofit recreation support group, received $3,000 from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation for the project and will fund the rest itself.

Mr. Evashevski said he has filed a motion to have Len and Sue Webster held in contempt for failure to close up the house foundation they have left open in the Annex and the Websters have asked the court not to do anything until the Michigan Court of Appeals has heard their appeal June 19.

The council approved the Lilac Festival 10K Run.

Five renewal business licenses and two new business licenses were approved by council. Spirit of the North and Dali's Jewelry Store. Off- Island business licenses were approved for Royal Painting and Rellinger & Associates. Council also heard reports on the status of 11 business licenses.

Northern Fire & Safety's request to inspect the kitchen system in Community Hall was approved, along with Pam Finkel's request to use the downstairs hall for free yoga classes on Wednesday nights. Council waived the fee to use the building because the classes are free to the public.

Three seasonal motor vehicle permits and one permit for the weekend of June 5 to 12 were issued to Mission Point Resort for lawn care and cleanup at the Beaver Dock, and a trailer permit was approved for Boy Scout Troop 290 of Ada to transport equipment and food to the Scout Service Camp during the week of June 13.

The city council's next meeting will be Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. at Community Hall.

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