City to look at beach issue

ALPENA -The City of Alpena is taking steps to learn more about the “muck” that is washing up on certain areas of the beaches. The issue, which has been a concern to Alpena Municipal Council for years and has been researched, is one the city would like to act upon as growth and tourism picks up.

City Engineer Rich Sullenger said he and City Manager Greg Sundin met with Environmental Consulting and Technology, which was recommended to District Health Department No. 4 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Sullenger said the company was instructed to work up a bid that would help the city put together a beach remediation plan and action that can be taken to correct the problem.

“This is a national company that deals with large water and wetlands issues,” Sullenger said. “They have done similar beach remediations from the Gulf Coast through northern Michigan. Obviously they can’t identify the source without further investigation. We requested they develop a scope of work proposal to investigate the source and they agreed to submit a proposal.”

Sullenger said the company did not indicate when the proposal would be submitted.

In other business:

* council voted to reverse a pass motion from the last meeting when it voted to allow the Alpena Rotary Club to take measures to change the name of the Alpena bi-path. The new motion will allow the club to submit new names for the various loops of the trail instead.

* council approved the reappointments of Wayne Lewis and Tim Carr to the zoning board of appeals for a four-year term.

* Alpena County Library Director Eric Magness-Eubank made a presentation to council regarding the two millage requests the library is seeking in November. One request is for a 0.75 10-year renewal and the second is for an additional 0.25 mill for continuation of some programming and building maintenance.

* council set the trick-or-treating hour for Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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