2018-06-07 / Community

Harbor Beach council addresses historical marker

By Ben Muir

HARBOR BEACH - After more pushback on Monday, the city council in Harbor Beach again addressed why a historical marker is down.

Charlene Thompson, of Harbor Beach, approached the city council for the second time in two weeks, asking whether the downed historic sign outside the Frank Murphy Memorial Museum has been addressed. Thompson has said she helped collect 157 signatures in support of the marker going back up.

Mayor Gary Booms said putting the sign back would cost $780 just in a new post. What’s more, the ladies who manage the Murphy house said they were “fine with the sign not being put back up,” Booms said.

Booms went on after another community member said in earnest, “It’s just been sitting back there a long time, man.”

“OK,” Booms said. “We’re addressing it. We’re not putting it off … my thought right of the bat was if someone would have come to me and just asked me the question about the sign, you would have saved a lot of work going to get all those signatures on a petition.”

Ron Wruble, the city director, said the marker had been damaged about seven years ago. It would have been $1,500 to fix it. So, instead of paying to fix it, other signs were put around town with the same information that had been on the historical marker, he said, which suggests why the managers of the Murphy House are fine with the marker staying down.

“I understand,” Thompson responds, “the information is on those signs. But like I said, there’s an app that people follow and they are looking for historical markers. Now, if I would have drove through your town, and I didn’t live here, I would never stop to look at those signs. I would be looking for a historical marker.”

Mr. Booms noted her point and said he wasn’t aware of the phone app.

“That’s good to know,” he said. “I don’t think the petition had that verbiage on there that there was an app involved.”

In other city news, the council took action on the following items.

• The bills for June were approved at $276,844.94.

• A nearly $18,813 payment was approved to Hunter Lumber Co. for material for the north park pavilion.

• The council approved a payment to Huron Consultants for $10,765 for engineering the waterfront enhancement project.

• A payment was approved to Chad Roggenbuck Construction worth $2,850 to build the north park pavilion.

• The city is paying Miracle Recreation $2,517 for playground mats.

• The council approved a payment to mooretel1.com for $630 for beach cleaning.

• The council approved six resolutions on Monday. Resolution 2018-70 approved the purchase of a rooftop HVAC units from Rapson Refrigeration at a cost of $19,800.

• Resolution 2018-73 approves the city investing funds with Northstar Bank and Frankenmuth Credit Union.

• Resolution 2018-74 recognizes the Harbor Beach United Community Fund as a nonprofit organization operating in the community for the purpose of obtaining charitable gaming licenses, as part of a 50/50 raffle.

• Resolution 2018-75 approves the purchase of a GPS system for the wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $14,270.

• Resolution 2018-76 approves the hire of a professional testing company for $4,500 to evaluate a leak of diesel fuel at the marina.

• Resolution 2018-77 approves the hire of a part-time employee in the parks and recreation department.

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