Posted on 18 June 2013
As it turns out, the Village has a new-found opportunity to provide a kayak launch ramp this summer, but funding and approval will likely be a challenge.
Parks & Recreation Commission Chairman Dianne Richter recently discovered that our own Michigan Lake Products sells a bolt-on kayak launch ramp that would fit our existing floating dock in the Upper Harbor. It costs $7,500.
Would be great to have it in place this summer. Can it happen?
Typical Kayak Launch Dock
Existing Floating Dock
Posted on 06 June 2013
The Township Board will hold its regular meeting — June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the original location, the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. Be there to see history in the making as the Township returns to its roots.
And, as a bonus, you’ll likely view the premiere showing of the new HERTHA video – Elk Rapids Story: Past, Present and Future of the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall.
Posted on 18 May 2013
As part of Green Elk Rapids Days:
Special Village Council meeting, 6 p.m. at HERTHA Hall, 401 River Street. Announcements, essay winners, Trashformation winners. Guest speaker Pat Lindemann, Ingham County Drain Commissioner, on innovative water projects. – Record-Eagle
Posted on 06 May 2013
Elk Rapids is prominently located on the national Bike Route 35. And now we have the signs to prove it.
For now, the south end of the route is located along U.S. 31, but area cyclists usually prefer Elk Lake Road, Green Street, Fourth Street. There is a move afoot to change the bike route to what locals actually traverse. We’ll see how this works out. If changed, the signs can easily be moved to mark the new route.
Elk Rapids is fast becoming a non-motorized transportation hub. This is good.
Posted on 02 May 2013
Today 100 new chairs arrived at the Town Hall. Chair wranglers were Tom Bowes, Howard Richter, Tom Vranich, Jerry DeGrazia and Terry Miller. Now the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association needs more donations to pay for these chairs and purchase 50 more. Please go to the incredible HERTHA Web site to give a chair. Or you can give whatever amount you wish.
And please check out HERTHA’s whimsical Chairity blog.
Posted on 12 April 2013
Chair – Jan Bassett
Vice Chair – Andy LaPointe
Secretary – Mary Beth Vandenberg
Treasurer – Mike Spence
Also note meetings for July and August will be at 7:30 a.m., rather than p.m., due to Evenings on River Street.
Posted on 28 March 2013
Here are the results. Click on the headings to view the actual documents.
From the document introduction: “The Elk Rapids Village Council is considering a proposal to eliminate portions of the residential parking requirements in the Central Business District (CBD) in the Zoning and Unified Development Code. A survey of the CBD property owners and an associated informal parking analysis were created to aide the Council in a more informed decision.
The data collected in this assessment provides both a qualitative and quantitative perspective on the previously undocumented parking activity associated with the residential land use in the district and the variables that impact this activity. Additionally, data was compiled on parking availability and prioritization of space within the district that can be utilized to inform future commercial and residential land use planning and the associated decision making process.”
This document contains parcel by parcel raw data on owners and number of rental units that was used to prepare the assessment.
Posted on 24 March 2013
Dredging has been in the news a lot lately.
Four years ago, funding topped $60 million. This year, it was expected to be about half that and could be slashed further by cuts to the federal budget resulting from the sequester. The total price tag to cover all the commercial dredging needs on the lakes is about $100 million, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the harbors and channels.
To hold even, the lakes need about $40 million in dredging a year, said Jim Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers Association, an Ohio-based trade group representing companies that move 115 million tons of cargo across the Great Lakes every year. Without that, the backlog keeps growing. Committing $60 million a year could clear the backlog in a decade, he said, but that depends on whether water levels continue to drop. Freep