Port Huron City Council to consider river walk grant

By Tony Wittkowski | Local Government Reporter | The Times Herald

The Port Huron City Council will consider accepting a grant to further improve the Black River Walk Monday night.

The $45,000 grant is through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport program.

Nancy Winzer, Port Huron Parks and Recreation Department director, said the grant will be matched by a $5,000 donation from the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and $10,000 from the city of Port Huron.

“It’s something we worked on in collaboration with the Blue Water Youth Professionals,” Winzer said. “Without them, this wouldn’t have happened.”

The improvements include the addition of maritime-themed benches, bike racks and picnic tables along the river.

“The Young Professionals have been giving us a lot of updates,” Winzer said. “We wrote the grant together and they had a vision for a master plan down there.”

City Manager James Freed is also expected to present a report to the council on the city’s solid waste program, unfunded liabilities and general fund.

“These problems cannot be viewed as independent issues, because they are solutions that are interdependent upon each other,” Freed said. “These are the three largest issues facing the city. We are going to update the community on what we are looking at.”

Before Freed gets to his presentation, the council will return seven. Alphonso Amos will be sworn onto council at the start of the meeting.

Amos will be replacing Rachel Cole, who resigned from the council earlier this month citing personal reasons.

Cole noted in her resignation letter to the city it was not an easy decision and followed the loss of her job last fall.

Amos will complete Cole’s term, which runs through November 2016.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at (810) 989-6270 or twittkowsk@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2015)

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