Marquette City Commission passes bank stabilization funding for Lakeshore Boulevard
The Marquette City Commission voted to approve an expenditure not exceeding $64,400 at a regular meeting on Monday.
That money will be used to stabilize the banks of Lakeshore Boulevard, which were heavily damaged by a November 27 storm.
The 4-2 vote pertains to a stretch of road between Wright and Hawley Streets.
"I think it's important that we stabilize what we have there now so that we can take the time to plan more long term," says City Manager Mike Angeli. "It's my belief that if we hadn't have done what we did just a few weeks ago, there's a good chance that that road would be gone."
In October, the city added 1,400 linear feet of protective rock along Lakeshore Boulevard following another serious storm.
Now, 70 more loads of rock, at approximately $800 per load, will be added, bringing total spending in that area to $225,000 over the past two years.
Those loads will sit on the stretch between Fair Ave and Pine Street.
"We think it's enough to stabilize things until we can come up with a permanent plan. I mean we have significant infrastructure in that area," says Angeli. "I mean there's a road, there's a storm water outlet, we have the bike path."
Commissioners and community members saw different sides of the story.
"We patch this road now, which we admit is temporary, what about the next storm," says commissioner Andrew Lorinser. "Are we being proactive or reactive?"
"It's very important that we take the steps right now to shore this up, not to say that there shouldn't be a more well rounded and seven generation approach to where are are headed with this," says commissioner Paul Schloegel.
Several community members spoke about their reservations with fixing the road as well.
The main question - to make repairs as to save the land for the future, or to let it dilapidate with plans of a newly constructed Lakeshore Boulevard looming in the future.
"In my experience and the years I've been here, it's a topic that isn't much discussed," says Angeli. "But when [Lakeshore] is closed, there's a lot of people that would prefer to see it open, or the road maintained."
Work on remediation will likely begin next week.
When asked about long-term plans for protecting Shiras Park in response to the recent flooding, Angeli says plans to protect it will come about in the months ahead.