PENTWATER — At the July 8 Pentwater Village Council meeting, village Manager Chris Brown announced that the proposed water taxi service will likely begin this coming weekend on a limited basis.
The schedule for drop-offs and pick-ups is still being finalized and will be publicized on the village website. A related budget amendment for the water taxi service was approved by the village council as part of its first quarter budget amendments. In addition, council approved an agreement for a dock for the water taxi at the end of Manchester Street to be supplied, installed and maintained by Josh Adams for this season only. Adams will also lay gravel to improve the adjacent parking area.
The agreement will provide the village with some trade-off for Adams’ use of the village’s dock and will be the first step to consideration of a possible longer-term agreement between the parties over the winter months.
Dean Jessup presented the village with a $1,000 check from the Pentwater Sport Fishing Association following a recent fundraising drive. The association has approximately 60-80 members and wanted to recognize and support the village’s fish cleaning facility.
A proclamation recognizing the contribution of the Community Foundation for Oceana County was read by village President Jeff Hodges and presented to the foundation. The foundation has recently relocated to a larger space within Shelby State Bank’s Pentwater Branch. A resolution honoring Ed Bigelow for his years of service to the village was approved and will be presented to his family at the Pentwater Historical Society on Ed Bigelow Day, July 28.
Brown also reported on the seizing up of two sewer system pumps that required an $8,000 repair over the weekend, due to the illegal deposit of industrial sanitation rags, diapers and similar items into the sewer system. Educational material will be posted on the website to alert residents as to prohibited materials.
The village continues to deal with high water levels and flooding, and Brown stated that he sent a letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow concerning emergency funding needs. He is keeping informed about other possible assistance as it may become available.
Completion of street surface and underground improvements is ahead of schedule, and a payout to Hallack Contracting in the amount of $381,040.85 was approved by the village council.
Keith Edwards, zoning administrator, announced that the report of the Community Vision Team will be available soon. A next step will include a visitor poll to determine the origin of visitors, their reasons for coming to Pentwater, the ages of persons in their party, where they are staying and the duration of their stay. A broader community survey is also being developed.
The village council approved two requested lot splits, one at Hanover and Morris and one at the northeast corner of Hancock and Third.
In response to issues raised by the public, police Chief Laude Hartrum reported that a general clean up was done in the 400 block of East Third Street. This is an ongoing issue that is being addressed on several fronts. Brown indicated that he has contact information for Consumer’s tree trimming and removal complaints.
The road commission was scheduled to meet Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m., and residents are encouraged to attend to express their concerns about the slow resolution of Longbridge Road issues. For those concerned with short-term docking of boats, Brown reiterated that short-term docking is available for $5 at the village marina. The request of the Pentwater Schooner program for a statement from the village that it will allow a dock to facilitate the program’s application for not-for-profit status was tabled to the August village council meeting. Concerns of the Spinnaker Condo Association regarding public use of the association’s private property are being addressed in meetings with the village manager.
Finally, a public forum to discuss the future of the village hall building will be at the Pentwater Friendship Center Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to present comments.