November 2018

Peter Pettalia/45th Parallel Park- A Letter of Intent is being sent shortly to a property owner for the site of the new welcome center, boardwalk, and overview of Squaw Bay and Sulphur Island on US 23 South!!
Cleanup 2018- over 20 volunteers participated in our seventh annual US 23 Highway Cleanup with MDOT being a huge help!
Partridge Point Park-On Nov. 2 several volunteers brushed the driveway, Frog Lane, into the new park!

E-Letter October 2018

SOUTH BAY NEWS!

1) 45th Parallel Park Letter of Intent ready for final signatures

2) Alpena Bi-Path Extension plans shaping up

3) South Bay is participating in the Community Foundations “Giving Tuesday!” on. Nov. 27

4) New donations to Partridge Point Park

5) Other stuff you might want to know

 

South Bay isn’t the kind of organization that shows progress every week, so we don’t bother you until we have something to say. Here’s an update:

 

  1. Land acquisition near for 45th Parallel/Peter Pettalia Memorial Park

Contingent on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Wetland Permit approval, the 45th Parallel/Peter Pettalia Memorial Park is one step closer to fruition. South Bay representatives and the owner of property  at the southeast corner of South Partridge Point Road and US-23 have negotiated a final purchase price of $10,000 for the 6.5 acre parcel. The Letter of Intent, which is being prepared for final signatures, includes these stipulations:

1) Purchase is contingent upon MDEQ approval for the park within two years of application.

2) Once completed, the park will include a plaque or sign honoring the property owner.

Larry Clark has been pushing the slow-moving wheels on this one; we’re grateful for his efforts.

 

  1. Alpena Bi-Path Extension plans rolling along:

           Initial survey work is complete on the bike path extension. Funded by over $60,000 in grants and donations from Alpena Township and many area foundations and businesses, the final plan takes the path from its current terminus at Island Drive and the east side of US-23-S down to the proposed 45th Parallel Park site at US-23-S and South Partridge Point Road. Immediately beyond Island Drive the new path will continue on its present route past the homes just east of US-23 until, once by Burke Manor, it moves into the Alpena Power Company right-of-way through a wooded area to S. Partridge Point Road.

The idea to create additional bike path loops is still being worked on.

 

  1. Give to South Bay on Nov. 27 “Giving Tuesday”:

         When the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan’s “Giving Tuesday” rolls around on Nov. 27, South Bay Corridor will be among the 60 area non-profit organizations and funds to participate. Last time CFNEM hosted Giving Tuesday, it raised more than $120,000 for worthwhile efforts across the community. Mark the date on your calendar and remember to contact the foundation with a gift for South Bay!

                                     

  1. New donations for Partridge Pt. Park from ACC, Bedrock, DNR Forestry Division, and Specification Stone:

         Partridge Point Park, on the southeast tip of the Partridge Point Peninsula, is, accessed via North or South Partridge Point Roads and a small driveway called “Frog Lane,” is enhanced by a couple of notable donations. We thank Specification Stone, which donated a gravel train, Bedrock which delivered it, the DNR Forestry Division who spread it out to enhance the way in to this beautiful area on the western tip of the peninsual with great views on the bay and Sulphur Island! We thank Don MacMaster, president of Alpena Community College, and its Concrete Tech program for building and donating a concrete picnic table for the park, which will be set just outside the parking lot above the Ordinary High Water Mark, as required by the DNR.

Volunteers are asked to meet Nov. 2 at Frog Lane at 9 a.m. to brush back the vegetation.

 

  1. Other stuff you might want to know:

         1) Kari Bleau, former Alpena Township Clerk and a member of  the South Bay Board, resigned when she and her husband moved from the community. Nathan Skibbe, Alpena Township Supervisor, has filled that vacancy since the summer.

2) South Bay recently submitted a grant application to the CFNEM Youth Advisory Council, an organization of young people who dispense grant funds to organizations providing fun activities and recreational opportunities for area youth (like new parks and bike paths!)

3) Steve Lappan has joined the Alpena Township Board. Please join us in welcoming him!! His strong background in business is sure to be of value to the township.

4) A new survey for Alpena County is available at the link below. Please take the short time it takes to complete this as it will provide information to the county regarding planning. NOTE THAT THIS IS DUE BY OCT. 30!!

http://www.watznews.net/watznews/news/localnews/04976_Alpena_Communities_Seeking_Public_Input_050748.php

 

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project to improve economic development and provide recreational amenities for all pof Alpena, please contact Larry!

 

Larry Clark

President

Taking Pride in Alpena, dba South Bay

 

E-Letter Update

SOUTH BAY

e-Letter update
July 24, 2018

SOUTH BAY AWARDED $30,000 GRANT: Biggest news to date: Alpena County Youth and Recreation Advisory Council has awarded South Bay $30,000 as “grant match” for the Alpena Bi-Path Extension! Currently the southern terminus of Alpena’s 12-mile Bi-Path is at Island Drive along US-23-S. South Bay would extend that bike path to South Partridge Point Road for now (further extensions of the Bi-Path going south to the 45th Parallel Park and beyond will be in future phases). The Alpena County Youth and Rec funding must be used by the end of 2017 although a 1-year extension is a possibility.

Our challenge now is to utilize this award to approach other governments, businesses, and foundations in the area with requests to contribute toward this fund to be used for local grant matches. Alpena Township had previously approved $5,000 some time ago for the South Bay project. Our goal is to ultimately raise $100,000! Although local, donated in-kind service work (for example excavating, engineering, landscaping, and so on) can also be counted toward local funding a large amount of cash is also necessary.

We have meetings scheduled during the week of November 14 with NEMCOG to discuss MDNR grants and with MDOT to discuss Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grants! Also under consideration are USDA Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG).

45th PARALLEL PARK: South Bay will be applying for a joint permit through the Michigan DEQ and US Army Corps of Engineers for development of the 45th Parallel Park! The initial work (to complete the permit application) involves soil analysis, surveying, and some pre-engineering studies. It usually takes 6-8 months for approval which, once granted, is good for 5 years. Mark Straley of RS Scott Associates has agreed to donate his services for surveying, soil analysis, drawings, etc. Many thanks, Mark, for providing this sizable donation!

The cost of the permit application, approximately $2,000, is being paid from our public fundraiser earlier this year. Many thanks to the people who donated for this initial work on the way to making the 45th Parallel Park a reality!

ALVAR PARK ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The road into the proposed Alvar Park on state-owned land off Partridge Point Road has been greatly improved thanks to a joint effort between the DNR Forestry Division and South Bay! Permits were obtained from the DEQ and US Army Corp to install culverts in the driveway to the parking lot and to add gravel and grading to enable passenger vehicles to view and use this beautiful area of Squaw Bay! A DNR crew installed two culverts and spread the gravel utilizing their equipment to upgrade so-called “Frog Lane” from Partridge Point Road to the Alvar Park parking area.

This project was done with sizable donations from area businesses: Everett Goodrich Trucking hauled gravel, Specification Stone provided three gravel trains, and Steve Plowman funded the culverts. Don Duvall has also done work on the project. Many thanks to Bruce Goodrich, Mark Rose of Specification Stone, Steve Plowman, and Don Duvall for their contributions and efforts! Also, none of this would have been possible without Cody Stevens, from the DNR Forestry Division in Atlanta, who applied for the permits and got everything going from the state. Thank you, Cody, and the DNR!

Additionally, a group of residents from the Bear Point Subdivision were on hand afterwards with chain saws and determination to cut the brush on the side of the driveway so vehicles would not be scratched on their way to and from the parking area.

We will have a dedication ceremony in the spring to launch the park and its availability for summer activities such as bicycling, walking, birding, kayaking, fishing, and so on. The public is welcome to use the park now, however, but be advised that there are no amenities such as picnic tables, restrooms, and the like. ALSO, please bring all trash out with you!
Another benefit of the Alvar Park is to provide a destination, once completed in the future, for bikers and walkers as they utilize the new Bi-Path Extension! As the Bi-Path Extension will proceed southward to South Partridge Point, users can walk or bike the loop of North and South Partridge Point!!

4. DRONE VIDEO: Gary Hollingsworth of Alpena Community College screened a brief drone-captured video of the Alvar and 45th Parallel Park sites and surrounding waterway provided without charge to the South Bay Steering Committee. Recently a drone video was also shot of the area for the Alpena Bi-Path Extension and Partridge Point.

Once a script and voice over with music are added they will be used for fundraisers (including crowdfunding platforms such as Patronicity), marketing, and other support for South Bay projects- starting with the Alpena Bi-Path Extension. Hollingsworth got two rounds of applause for remarkably well-done video!! Stay tuned Alpena!! A big thank you to Gary and Don McMaster for providing this service.

5. US-23 SOUTH DRIVEWAY CLOSURES: Asked to canvass area businesses who might volunteer for driveway closures when MDOT resurfaces a portion of US-23 in 2017, South Bay did the job well. Businesses agreed to close the following: two driveways at Continental Rental immediately south of the traffic light at US-23 & the entrance to Neiman’s Market, one on the opposite side of US-23 at the middle of the ThunderBowl Lanes parking lot (already blocked off by the property owner), a driveway at the Alpena Mall to the south of the China Gardens, the southernmost entrance to Ferrell Gas, and the center driveway to the Al Lutes Building. Driveways will be closed courtesy of MDOT to include driveway removal, curb installation, topsoil, and seeding with no cost to the property owners!

This consolidation of driveways, called Access Management by MDOT, is be performed in conjunction with US 23 South Resurfacing Project from Island Drive to Thunder Bay Ave. next summer. Participation in driveway closures results in improved roadway safety with fewer access points, as well as owner benefits of additional parking and space for snow removal.

6. SOUTH BAY 5K FOR JA: The first South Bay event is now in the history books with the “South Bay 5K for JA” event on Lake Huron Discovery Tour weekend! Many thanks to Brian Winter and the sponsors who made the vision a reality!!

7. SUMMER CLEAN UP PROJECTS: Also happening in the summer are numerous clean up and beautification projects! This year, beginning with the annual highway clean up, were the flower pots placed on the east side of the roadway courtesy (again) of the Plowman’s! Many thanks to Bonnie, John, and Steve who not only contribute time and money for the flower pots but to other projects as well.

Volunteers from the Bear Point Subdivision also cut and sprayed weeds, painted poles, and painted fire hydrants. All fire hydrants from Thunder Bay Ave. to Squaw Bay are now painted (including those that were hiding in the weeds), with the last several being painted by Ken Tenniswood. Thanks, Ken, and all of the volunteers!

As you can see, much is happening with the South Bay effort to reinvigorate US 23 South in Alpena Township. Please advise if you would like additional information or would like to donate funds or your expertise!

Larry Clark
President-South Bay
989-464-9047
larry_clark@outlook.com
www.southbayalpena.org
Facebook: South Bay Alpena

April Update

“South Bay is continuing it’s efforts for improving recreational amenities in the area, resulting in increased property values and economic stimulus for all of Northeast Michigan. There is a meeting with the DEQ at the Gaylord field office to discuss next steps in the planning process with regard to environmental permits and wetlands determination for the Alpena Bi-Path Extension from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road as well as the proposed 45th Parallel/Peter Pettalia Memorial Park. The procurement of easements and land acquisition for these projects has already begun. Volunteers for the Seventh Annual US 23 South Highway Cleanup will be needed(date TBD). Please contact us if you are interested in helping!”

E-Letter – Giving Tuesday

South Bay

Giving Tuesday Update

November 26, 2017

By now you have probably seen and heard about “Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan”! Last year, this world day of giving helped our local Community Foundation raise over $50,000 for nonprofits in our community by tapping into the holiday giving season. Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year “Giving Tuesday” is on November 28-just two days from today!!

As you know, South Bay will be participating in this year’s giving event through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and hope you will support South Bay by donating!  Our current activities include extending the Alpena Bi-Path from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road and development of a welcome center and park near the 45th Parallel. We have identified two different routes for the Bi-Path Extension and a parcel of private property near the 45th Parallel of which the owner is interested in selling! The services we provide to Northeast Michigan will benefit our local citizens and increase tourism. On November 28 there is potential to create a huge amount of support for our organization in a 24-hour period.

You can help by visiting the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnem.org/givingtuesday on November 28 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Look for South Bay and click on it to make your Giving Tuesday gift. And if you’re on Facebook, please look for our posts about Giving Tuesday and like, comment, and share to help us spread the word about this great opportunity to give where we live!

Wishing you all the best in this season of giving!

Thank you!

Larry Clark

President

South Bay

 

larry_clark@outlook.com

www.southbayalpena.org

Facebook: South Bay Alpena

989-464-9047

SOUTH BAY RECREATIONAL PROJECT STATUS

SOUTH BAY

RECREATIONAL PROJECT STATUS

October 20, 2017

 

The South Bay Steering Committee has been busy! Following are the basics regarding the major projects we are working on:

 

  • 45th Parallel Park Potential Site
    • 25 acres located at the southeast corner of US 23 and South Partridge Point Rd. The owner is willing to sell the property at cost for the development of a welcome center, park, trails, and boardwalk to Squaw Bay!

 

  • Bi-Path Extension
    • Planning meeting with RS Scott & Associates resulted in preference for a location along an Alpena Township property easement south of Island Drive to a location along US 23 east of Pohl Road. The Bi-Path could then extend south along a power company and MDOT right of way to South Partridge Point Road.
    • We are also exploring taking the Bi-Path south from Island Drive all the way to South Partridge Point Rd. along township easements, thereby staying away from the busy US 23 roadway!
    • Furthermore, we are working on developing a new trail from Island Dr. along Harbor Dr. and north behind the old Kmart building on power company right-of-way to Michigan Ave. and on to Mich-e-ke-wis Park. This would enable bikers and walkers to have the option of avoiding US 23 South in Alpena Township where the speed limits are higher than the city. Or they could cruise a loop from Mich-e-ke-wis Park to Island Dr. along US 23 South, east along Island Dr., and north along Harbor Dr. Then, they could go behind the commercial properties and through woods and along residential streets back to Mich-e-ke-wis!
    • Also, we are working with US 23 North businesses to complete a section from Sunset Boulevard to the Northeastern State Trail. Walkers and bikers could then travel from the Mackinac Bridge to Squaw Bay someday!

 

  • Partridge Point Park
    • Gravel resurfacing project delayed as DNR Forestry Division did not have enough personnel due to fighting forest fires out West
    • We have recently received a commitment from Goodrich for additional gravel
    • “No Litter” sign has been purchased and needs to be installed
    • Gary Parteka volunteered to build a picnic table next spring
    • DNR approved a 24”x 24” sign at the entrance to Frog Lane at a cost of $32
    • DNR also approved two 18” x 120” signs in cooperation with MDOT at a cost of $675 x2=$1,350
      • “Billboard” permit needs to be submitted to MDOT
      • We will pay for the signs as the DNR does not have the money in its budget

 

  • New steering committee members
    • We are proud to announce that we have three new steering committee members:
      • Kari Bleau-Alpena Township Clerk
      • Jackie Krawczek- President/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
      • Katie Wolf- Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

They join Hal Neiman, Brian Winter, Bob Young, Bernie Lamp, Gary Parteka, Don Duv

Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan

South Bay

November 7, 2017

 

Have you heard of “Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan”? Last year, this world day of giving helped our local Community Foundation raise over $50,000 for nonprofits in our community by tapping into the holiday giving season. Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year “Giving Tuesday” is on November 28.

 

We are thrilled to be participating in this giving event through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and hope you will support South Bay by donating!  Our current activities include extending the Alpena Bi-Path from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road and development of a welcome center and park near the 45th Parallel. The services we provide to Northeast Michigan will benefit our local citizens and increase tourism. On November 28 there is potential to create a huge amount of support for our organization in a 24-hour period.

You can help by visiting the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnem.org/givingtuesday on November 28 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Look for South Bay and click on it to make your Giving Tuesday gift. And if you’re on Facebook, please look for our posts about Giving Tuesday and like, comment, and share to help us spread the word about this great opportunity to give where we live!

Wishing you all the best in this season of giving!

 

Thank you!

Larry Clark

President

South Bay

larry_clark@outlook.com

www.southbayalpena.org

Facebook: South Bay Alpena

989-464-9047

SOUTH BAY E-LETTER UPDATE 09-18-2017

SOUTH BAY

E-LETTER UPDATE

RECREATIONAL PROJECT STATUS

September 18, 2017

 

Your South Bay Steering Committee has been busy! Following are the basics regarding the major projects we are working on currently:

 

  • 45th Parallel Park Potential Site
    • 25 acres located at the southeast corner of US 23 and South Partridge Point Rd.

 

  • Bi-Path Extension
    • Planning meeting with RS Scott & Associates resulted in preference for a location along an Alpena Township property easement south of Island Drive to a location along US 23 east of Pohl Road. The Bi-Path could then extend south along a power company and MDOT right of way to South Partridge Point Road.
    • Are working with US 23 North businesses to complete a section from Sunset Boulevard to the Northeastern State Trail. Walkers and bikers could then travel from the Mackinac Bridge to Squaw Bay someday!

 

  • Partridge Point Park
    • Gravel resurfacing project delayed as DNR Forestry Division did not have enough personnel due to fighting forest fires out West
    • We have recently received a commitment from Goodrich for additional gravel
    • “No Litter” sign has been purchased and needs to be installed
    • Gary Parteka volunteered to build a picnic table next spring
    • DNR approved a 24”x 24” sign at the entrance to Frog Lane at a cost of $32
      • Don volunteered to complete the appropriate county permit application
    • DNR also approved two 18” x 120” signs in cooperation with MDOT at a cost of $675 x2=$1,350
      • “Billboard” permit needs to be submitted to MDOT
      • We will pay for the signs as the DNR does not have the money in its budget
    • New steering committee members
      • We are proud to announce that we have three new steering committee members:
        • Kari Bleau-Alpena Township Clerk
        • Jackie Krawczek- President/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
        • Katie Wolf- Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
      • They join Hal Neiman, Brian Winter, Bob Young, Bernie Lamp, Gary Parteka, Don Duval, and Larry Clark

SOUTH BAY NEWS!!

June 5, 2017

SOUTH BAY NEWS!

1) The bike path effort reaches $60,000 goal!

2) Alpena Township chipping in

3) This is our 5th clean-up. Let’s not skip it! 

Some of us have been working very hard lately (that would be Larry) and the fruits of those labors are beginning to sprout. Here’s what you need to know: 

  1. South Bay has raised enough money to fund the bike path pre-engineering study.

This is an enormous milestone for the community which, through grants and just plain donations, including great support from Alpena Township, has pushed South Bay over its required $60,000 match for the pre-engineering, design, and survey work on the bike path extension from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road. (We will provide a complete list of donors in the next E-letter.) With the help of R.S. Scott Engineering, which has completed a scope of work for the project, we hope to include a meandering pathway (not a straight line) that might venture behind a few trees, include a bridge or two, a couple of benches, and be a pretty, scenic ride.

The pre-engineering study, it must be emphasized, is only for the bike path extension. Once on the path, bikers or walkers could use either North Partridge Point Road (paved) or South Partridge Point Road (not paved) to get to “Frog Lane,” a little roadway South Bay and the DNR have rebuilt to connect Partridge Point Road to a small parking area. From there, it is possible to access the shoreline. Eventually (maybe yet this summer) it is our plan to install a couple of picnic tables and a kayak launch at this area, which the DNR wants to call “Partridge Point Park.” The road re-build needs just a bit more gravel; the DNR has indicated it will finish that. Next comes a sign or two, and we’ll be ready for a “grand opening.”

The hoped-for 45th Parallel Park project –along US-23 near the 45th Parallel sign at Squaw Bay –  hit a number of obstacles, but that’s not unusual. Finding the right spot of land acceptable to MDOT, the DEQ, and the DNR, and getting a governmental entity to take ownership of the park is no easy task. Larry continues to work on this.

  1. Alpena Township is helping out:

Alpena Township contributed $8,000 of the $60,000 we needed for the bike path pre-engineering study, including $3,000 from 2016-17 and $5,000 from 2017-18 fiscal years. That’s a big step forward. The township and South Bay have also signed a “Letter of Understanding” that with those contributions South Bay agrees to provide regular updates, invoices, and photos of the work.

  1. This is our 5th Annual Clean-up. Let’s do it!:

MDOT’s US-23 resurfacing caused us to postpone our annual clean-up, and energy may be flagging to get it done this year. Still, if we don’t sweep out the driveways and pick up some litter this year it will be twice as bad next.

So… what do you say? Can we set aside a Saturday, or even half a one, to show up and clean up in 2017? We’ll get right back to you with a date!

 

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