February 22, 2020

Contest results in for new Harbor Park name.

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AU GRES— At the Dec. 3 City of Au Gres meeting, council members voted to make Riverside the new name for Harbor Park. There were 22 submissions total for the name contest and several people submitted Riverside. After the name of the park was chosen, names were drawn to see who won the contest. Diane Selle was the winner and will receive $100 from the Au Gres Community Events (ACE) group. 

The park is looking forward to seeing new developments in 2020. The city has entered into a contract for a splash park that they hope will be complete by memorial weekend 2020. The city also received a $44,546 grant from the Coastal Zone Management Egle Division to help pay for upgrades on the fishing piers, walkway lighting, and 640 feet of railing along the sidewalk. Construction will begin in Spring 2020. Construction for new restrooms in the park will also begin in the Spring. 

In other action, Republic Services, Inc. was awarded a bid for trash collection in the residential area of Au Gres replacing Waste Management, the current service. Republic provides 95-gallon carts to each residential household and it was agreed upon that trash pick up day will be on Tuesday. The council voted unanimously to make the switch. The five-year contract starts Jan. 1. 

Council members also discussed how recycling will be handled in the future, ultimately deciding that having one drop spot where residents can drop off their recycling at any time was the best decision. Most of the council agreed this would be better and promote recycling if people didn’t have to keep their recycling for 30 days and wait for it to be picked up.

The drop-off spot for recycling will be at the city DPW garage and will begin Jan. 1. 

Also discussed was a potential camera that will watch the drop off spot in hopes of decreasing contamination of the recycling. If too much trash is placed in recycling bins, there is no choice but to dump it in a landfill due to contamination. 

The council also voted to simplify the permit for an accessory building and to charge a fee of $35 for the permit. A building under 200 square feet does not need a county building permit but still needs a city of Au Gres permit which is now $35. If the building is over 200 square feet, it will need an Arenac County building permit.

This was mayor Bill Borushko’s last city council meeting and all the members wished him well and thanked him for all he has done for Au Gres over the past five years.  


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