Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 7, 2013

Petoskey project's scope expanded

PETOSKEY (AP) — An upcoming dredging project at Petoskeys city marina will involve a larger scope than originally planned, according to the Petoskey News-Review.

The city council accepted an agreement by which Petoskey can obtain a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant of $99,660 for harbor dredging.

Petoskey’s state funding allowance for the marina work — part of an emergency dredging program for harbors faced with declining water levels — originally stood at $49,000. But during engineering preparations for the project, city manager Dan Ralley said it was decided that expanding the proposed dredging area would be prudent.

The DNR agreed agreed to provide roughly double the original grant amount if city officials agreed to terms.

Plans now call for 2,200 cubic yards of spoils to be removed from the harbor bottom, compared to 1,400 under the original plans. Along with the originally proposed work near the mouth of the Bear River, two additional areas near marina piers to the east now are targeted for dredging.

The state grant would cover the dredgings expected cost, but the city would be responsible for cost overruns.

Ralley said the city currently is waiting for state permits to be issued for the dredging. If theyre received in a timely way, he expects a contractor can be lined up and the work completed within 2013.

Bottom materials in the dredging areas were determined to be clean, Ralley said, and city officials plan to place the spoils in an area along the east side of the Bear River north of Sheridan Street when removed from the harbor.

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