RC marina closer to new fuel dock

ROGERS CITY – The marina in Rogers City is another step closer to getting a new fuel dock.

City council voted 3-0 to buy the dock from Flotation Docking Systems of Cedarville for $53,450 Tuesday evening. Council members Gary Nowak and A.J. Przybyla were absent. Mayor Tom Sobeck said Harbormaster Roger Wenzel indicated he was comfortable going with the lowest bid.

City Manager Joe Hefele agreed, saying the Department of Natural Resources has worked with the company before.

“Therefore, they aren’t going to make us get engineering drawings of any of this,” he said.

It’s one of the final steps of a project that’s been in the works for some time. Rogers City originally received a $27,000 grant from the Michigan Waterways Commission and a $24,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development in 2013. However, the Waterways Commission grant was put on hold after Rogers City also received a grant for up to $227,000 as part of an emergency dredging program put together by the state in response to record low lake levels, Mark Slown, city manager at the time, explained in August 2013.

Wenzel said in the past the new dock will provide an easier, safer platform for those fueling boats at the marina. It’ll attach to the wall near the fuel pumps and slide up and down on rails. The dock could also potentially provide access for disabled boaters.

In other business:

* after hearing one comment on the possibility of restarting Rogers City’s Michigan Main Street program, Sobeck closed the public hearing on the 2014-15 budget and all three council members present voted to adopt it. City Clerk Terri Koss told council members she received no written comments on the budget.

The budget is for July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, the city’s fiscal year. It includes $1,805,229 in general fund revenues, $1,792,598 in general fund expenditures and the city will levy 16.778 mills for its general operating fund and 0.2 mills for the city band.

* after a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategies, council members voted 3-0 to ask the Municipal Employees Retirement System to do supplemental evaluations on defined benefit plans for its three employee groups, including city administrators and the police officers union. Sobeck said the request is part of ongoing negotiations with the employee groups, and the move is necessary to make any changes to the city’s retirement plans.

“Whether we intend do that or not, it makes sense to go down this road at this time,” he said.

* council members voted 3-0 to offer up to 18 excess Christmas decorations for sale for around $100 apiece.

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