HARBOR BEACH — The city of Harbor Beach, like many lakefront municipalities, has had a major problem with Canadian geese.
Prior to the meeting, Bucholtz had been in contact with an organization known as “Goose Busters.” In a letter to the council, he explained Goose Busters is a company that deals with geese in a variety of legal ways. The company told the police chief their data showed none of the goslings rounded up would return to the city, although about 80 percent of the adult geese would likely return the following year.
In a resolution by council, Harbor Beach will hire the Holly-based company to round up and relocate the geese. The city agreed to apply for a goose harvest permit and contract with Goose Busters, at a cost not to exceed $1,000. This fee did not include a $200 DNR fee required for the permit.
In another police-related matter, Bucholtz relayed a request by Harbor Beach Fire Department Chief J.P. Lermont. He said fire trucks have a difficult time maneuvering a turn at the corner of State Street and Huron Avenue due to a parking spot located too close to the intersection. Lermont asked one parking space be removed in front of Franco’s Flooring located on the north side of State Street.
“None of the businesses had a problem with it,” said council member Robert Swartz.
The resolution passed unanimously.
In other business:
• The wastewater treatment plant will replace an ammonia probe and a chlorine probe. These will be purchased from USA Bluebook at a cost of $1,316.
• The city agreed to purchase a mower for North Park at a cost of $5,886 form Tri-County Equipment of Bad Axe. According to Mayor Pro-tem Al Kleinknecht, most of the bids received by the city for a mower were quite competitive. The city chose Tri-County because it offered the best trade-in price for the old mower.
• The city will replace gutters for the Water Works Park pavilion, the Water Works Park cabins and the restrooms in Lincoln and Davidson parks. Several sealed bids were received and the job was awarded to Capling Construction LLC at a cost of $2,730.
• Swartz told the council and audience the city-wide cleanup will take place on May 20. Paint cans, batteries and other hazardous materials will not be accepted, though tires will be taken for a minimal charge.
• Swartz said the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club will hold a euchre tournament at Smalley’s on Saturday. Lunch starts at noon, and 10 games of cards will start at 1 p.m. It is not too late to get into the tournament.
• Harbor Beach joined with numerous citizens, cities, counties and environmental groups both in the U.S. and Canada to oppose a nuclear waste burial site in Canada. The site is less than a kilometer from Lake Huron and nuclear waste is said to remain toxic for 100,000 years. They feel the site is too close to Lake Huron and may cause irreversible harm in years to come. The city urges Canada and Ontario to seek alternatives to the site. Copies of this resolution will be sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and other Canadian officials.
The next city council meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. May 1 in City Hall.