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City reaches new two-year deal at marina

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on March 9, 2012 – 6:20 amNo Comment

The City of Alpena has agreed to a new two-year contract with the people who manage the downtown marina.

The city doesn’t have the knowledge or manpower to manage the marina on its own and for the past 20 years or so has contracted with Thunder Bay Shores Marine to perform those duties.

The new two-year deal comes with the option of a two-year extension, which is an improvement over previous contracts that needed to be negotiated year to year.

Thunder Bay Shores Marine pays the city a portion of the fees it expects to collect from selling boat slips, renting out the boat hoist and other sales.  Under the terms of the new deal, they will pay the city $30,000, or $5,000 less than last year.  That’s because they have decided to take over cleaning duties of bathrooms, the fish cleaning station and the boater’s lounge.

New responsibilities require the operator to develop a website and visit downstate yacht clubs to try and attract boaters to Alpena.

Building official and harbormaster Don Gilmet helped put the new deal together.  He says the contract clarifies the city’s expectations on how the marina grounds, docks and shoreline should be maintained.

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