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March 29, 2013

Park tunnel improvements coming soon

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Lake Leelanau resident Debbie Smith said she uses the tunnel during seasonal events, but wondered if improvements were necessary.
"Do we have other things that money can go toward?" she said.
City Commissioner Mike Gillman said financial concerns prompted him to vote against the plan, though he said he supports the tunnel and bayfront projects. He said he wanted to see a cost-benefit analysis over the $21,000 solar and wind energy component to the snow melt system.
"I did want to make a point," he said. "I suspect in the future when we get energy-saving allegations that they're backed up by numbers ... it was not a vote against the project, it was a small part of it."
Commissioners approved the tunnel contract with a 5 percent contingency in case of cost overruns.
City Manager Ben Bifoss said plans for the bayfront project's next phase haven't yet been determined.

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