MENOMINEE — The Menominee Downtown Development Authority’s lack of rapid progress on a project to educate drivers about the location of the historic downtown waterfront is clearly frustrating to the volunteers involved.
A panel design approved in August has not been implemented since, due to city turnover. The planned arch, which will stretch from one side of 10th Avenue to the other near 10th Street, is also still in the early stages of development.
A financial document distributed at the group’s October 20 meeting shows spending of $ 9,332 for the 12 months ended June 30, 2021, with $ 7,154 used to commission design work for signage and arcade, but the Authority has not yet erected either.
“We are a group of volunteers who draw on expertise at the city level and we keep losing our experts. I am frustrated with it. I am very frustrated. We took two steps forward and then we are five back, ”said Marion Enstrom, a member of the authority.
The group did not meet in September and three members were absent at the last meeting. Looking at what the group discussed when they last met in August, Enstrom said a sign for Triangle Park telling motorists which direction to turn to get downtown had been passed and approved. But the city’s turnover prevented it from doing so.
“Let’s see how we’re going to solve this problem. We have a sign at Triangle Park and it has no direction beyond, and it’s been there for two years, ”Enstrom said.
A similar conversation took place at the August 17 meeting, when City Manager and Acting Police Chief Brett Botbyl said, “You realize (City Engineer Tricia Alwin) is leaving. His last day is Friday. But he also said, “I’ll be with Trish tomorrow. She should be able to get an order (for the sign)… I’ll go with her. “
The President of the Authority, Zak Aubert, considered it finished and moved on to the next item on the agenda. But it was not done.
At last week’s meeting, Enstrom turned to Botbyl and asked, “What would you recommend, how can we do that? Who in the city does that?
This time, Botbyl said he would speak with Mike Krah, who has taken on some of Alwin’s duties, “and see if he can’t try to find out more about it.” At the Oct. 18 city council meeting, the council approved a $ 5 per hour wage increase for Krah as he has taken on additional duties as the city searches for a new city engineer and works to fill new jobs. other vacancies.
Mayor Jean Stegeman asked Botbyl if he saw any safety issues with the arch planned for 10th Avenue and 10th Street. He said sight lines to streetlights was a concern and added, “I’m not going to be so confident that the county council is 100 percent behind this. Just so you know, you’re going to have to get county approval.
Aubert said he spoke with county board chairman Larry Phelps and that Phelps was excited about it.
But Botbyl said, “I’m just warning you, what I want you to know is that the feedback I have received has not been positive. It’s a lot of negative things. I wouldn’t count on that certainty.