4/23/2014 9:56:00 AM Council approves running event, liquor license request, spending items
A quick meeting of the Harbor Springs City Council on Monday, April 21 spanned both ends of the community spectrum, with notice of a Memorial Day event to raise funds for the Harbor Springs Food Pantry, approval of the city's updated master plan, and a request for a resolution in support of a club liquor license, allowing the Depot Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs to complete its privatization.
Josh Baker, owner of The Outfitter, presented a request to City Council to hold a Memorial Day 5k run/walk, similar to the Thanksgiving Day run he and his wife, Molly Ames Baker, already put on each year.
Council members agreed to the event, noting Baker should work to make sure he coordinates with the American Legion's Memorial Day activities. The 5k will take place at 8 a.m. on May 26, with a $10 suggested donation entry fee. 100-percent of proceeds will go directly to the food pantry in this "no fuss, all fun" hand-timed race event.
City Manager Tom Richards introduced the Depot Dining Club's agenda item by saying the club "requested a resolution in support of a club liquor license," as a result of "some change in structure."
He said it is his understanding the city has the opportunity to recommend approval as one of the steps of the Liquor Control Commission's licensing process.
"This is because the Depot is going private, correct?" Mayor Al Dika asked, adding, "I'm sorry to see that happen, frankly. I don't think we need more private clubs in this town."
Still, the resolution of support was passed 4-1 by Council, with Matt Bugera voting no.
Council also approved letting bids for the Spring Street paving project, which must be completed by June 14, and a roof replacement for the Ford Park building, which was granted to TWB Contractors of Harbor Springs. The DPW was granted approval for a new plow/dump truck to replace a 1993 truck, and the Electric department will be getting a new digger pole truck.
City Manager Richards was authorized to proceed in gathering pricing for converting overhead electric lines to underground from State Street to the high school along East Bluff.
Council also approved the city's updated master plan, which was recommended and already approved by Planning Commission. The plan is updated every five years.