Ishpeming City Council to consider engineering for Lake Bancroft pavilion

By LISA BOWERS

Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City council will decide on the next steps needed to design and build a pavilion at Lake Bancroft Park at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Ishpeming City Hall Conference Room.

The council will consider two different options for engineering of the new structure according to a proposal from GEI Consultants.

The first option involves building the proposed pavilion using a $250,000 grant received from Cliffs and Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund in 2015.

The proposed engineering cost for this option is $32,000, the proposal states, and will include three conceptual plans for pavilion for the council to choose from at a later date.

The preparation of plans and specification and the solicitation of bids for the project will cost $21,500, according to the proposal.

The second option for the project would use the initial $250,000 Cliffs Eagle Grant as a significant match to pursue a Michigan Department of National Resources Trust Fund Grant.

“To improve the pavilion as well as to provide additional amenities to what would be considered Phase 1 of the overall park development,” the proposal states.

The total proposed engineering cost for the second option would be $71,000, of which $50,000 will be allocated to preparing plans, specifications and the solicitation of bids for Lake Bancroft Park improvements.

The proposal includes the pavilion as well as amenities identified in the grant application.

GEI will also oversee grant administration for the project, if this proposal is selected by the council.

The council will hear a report from the Iron Ore Heritage Trail about trail upgrades, maintenance, and amenities from 2016.

The council will also consider special event applications for the 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race scheduled for Feb. 18 and the Noquemanon Ski Marathon on Jan. 28.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.