Greenville approves plans for events and museum updates

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:34 am on Thursday, July 19, 2012

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville is not only prepping for the Danish Festival, but for local business updates and sidewalk sales as well.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council had many items on the agenda for approval regarding the Flat River Museum and the Danish Festival.

Danish Festival

The Greenville City Council approved street and parking lot closures for the Danish Festival.

The Danish Festival Board of Directors requested a parking lot at 207 S. Franklin St. to display an Army Hummer.

According to a letter from the board to the council, the Hummer features a video game system and it will be hosted by the U.S. Army Recruiting office of Greenville.

Also, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18, Charles Street from Clay Street to the Preferred Federal Credit Union will be closed for a water ball tournament.

According to the letter, the event was created by the Greenville Department of Public Safety and will be run by firefighters as well.

Also, the staging of the Grand Dansk Parade will take place at a new location this year.

The council approved closing the eastbound lane of Greenville West Drive from 735 Charles St. to Hillcrest, along with closing Hillcrest Street from Greenville West Drive to Cass.

“Normally the staging would take place on the property of the fairgrounds and (Greenville Public Schools),” said Greenville City Manager George Bosanic. “However with construction taking place, there is no place to stage the parade.”

Bosanic said with Greenville West Drive being the only option around downtown Greenville that weekend, two lanes will still be open for traffic to flow through.

He noted public services and the public safety did not object to these closures.

Flat River Historical Museum

The council approved awarding a bid to Isabella Corp. of Mount Pleasant for the installation of a concrete curb and gutter not to exceed $11,732.70 at the Flat River Historical Museum.

Bosanic said the group was the lowest bidder to meet specifications. In the past, Isabella Corp. also installed the lift station on Greenville’s north side.

In a letter from city engineer Doug Hinken, the estimated cost was $15,361.50, so by going with the bid, it would save the city money on the project.

The letter states the only local bidder was Don Andrews at $16,240, which was more than 5 percent of the lower bid.

Also, the council approved awarding a bid to Superior Asphalt of Grand Rapids not to exceed $37,880 for the paving of the museum’s parking lot.

“This was ($700) over the engineer’s estimate,” Bosanic said.

Superior Asphalt previously did the paying of the tunnel project, said Hinken.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeanne Cunliffe asked when the project would start at the museum. Bosanic said it started this week with work being done just west of the museum.

In other business the council approved …

• A Class C liquor license transfer from the former J.R.’s Roller Castle to the 57 Brew Pub and Bistro, set to open this autumn.

• A public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 regarding the industrial facilities application for Performance Welding.

• A public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 regarding amending an ordinance regulating fireworks.

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