New Oval Beach Cleaning Equipment Being Considered By Saugatuck City Council
The City of Saugatuck is looking to purchase its own beach sand cleaning machine after the company that used to perform the task said it will no longer be able to do so, officials announced Monday.
The price for the machinery itself is $25,000 to $26,000, then there is an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 for the tractor that pulls it.
For now, the cleaning of trash at Saugatuck’s Oval Beach is being done manually.
“With the high water, it’s causing problems with natural debris,” Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told his council at this week’s meeting. “It’s unsightly and causing lots of problems.
“Right before the 4th of July, we tested out the cleaner from the City of South Haven; we paid them,” Harrier told The Local Observer Tuesday.
The city used to pay its independent contractor $800 to $900 per year for the beach cleaning, but the contractor informed the city it no longer has the personnel to perform the job, noted Harrier.
He said the city is in the process of weighing its options, and could not provide a timeline for any future purchase of the beach-cleaning machinery.
In other news related to Oval Beach, Saugatuck City Council Member Jane Verplank recently pitched the idea to her colleagues of trademarking the logo and identity of “Saugatuck Oval Beach.”
City staff said it will examine the matter.
In other city business, council members Monday approved an amendment to the city’s previous letter of understanding with the Cow Hill Yacht Club, agreeing the city will shoulder the cost—not the yacht club—for police services during Saturday night’s public fireworks display.
The club will host the traditional festival within the city on July 24, 25 and 26, making use of the streets, parks and other public places.
Also, the council approved the special event application for the Labor Day Bridge Walk, sponsored by Saugatuck Public Schools Community Recreation.
The route will run south-to-north across the Blue Star Highway Bridge. The event will take place on Monday September, 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Finally, the council approved a request by the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for the use of two parking spaces in the Culver Street parking lot for events throughout the summer and fall.