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Historical Photos Related to the Elberta Mercantile Co.

In Historic Elberta, On and off the Apron on August 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm
Maggie and Margaret McManus, 1954

Maggie and Margaret McManus, 1954

In their June 23, 2016 edition, the Betsie Current published my story about the new Elberta Mercantile Co. and the history of its location, the Gilmore Township Library building at 704 Frankfort Avenue. If you missed the paper copy, you can read the story, “Everything Old Is New Again,” online here. While doing research for this story, Andrew Bolander, Jeanne Edwards, and I (but mostly Andy and Jeanne) dug up a lot of really great historical photographs. We thought we’d share them here in a slideshow. —Emily Votruba

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August Primary 2016 on Tuesday the 2nd

In Community Alert, Gilmore Township, Gov't Watch, Infrastructure and Planning, Law & Order, Politics on July 31, 2016 at 8:51 am

Don’t miss the Gilmore/Elberta Primary Election this coming Tuesday, August 2, from 7:00 am to 8 pm at the Community Building, 401 First Street. Gilmore Township/Elberta voters will be choosing State (101st District) and U.S. congressional (1st District) representatives, as well as county prosecutor (Sara Swanson running unopposed), sheriff (Ted Schendel vs. David Tucker on the Republican side; no Dems running), county clerk (Dawn Olney and Katie Osborn), county treasurer (Kelly J. Long and Michelle L. Thompson) and several other county positions. Two Dems face off for Road Commissioner: Terry Money and Charles Brozofsky. In November, Gilmore/Elberta will choose between Gary Sauer and Donald Smeltzer for County Commission (7th District); and Laura Manville and Mary Kalbach for Township Treasurer. There’s a county EMS millage proposal and a Gilmore roads upgrade millage proposal. See our sample ballot below. You can get more information about our Primary and others in the area by going to the Michigan Voter Information Center athttps://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/VoterSearch.aspx Screenshot 2016-07-31 08.45.55

And a-One and a-Two: Village Weighs Proceeding with Restroom Project with Partial Grant Funding

In Breaking, Community Alert, Elberta Farmers' Market, Farmers' Market, Infrastructure and Planning, Open Season, Village Money Situation, Water on June 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

By Emily Votruba, Parks & Rec Secretary

At the February Parks and Rec meeting this year, Elberta Farmers’ Market master Sue Oseland presented a proposal to apply for a $70K USDA grant for permanent, piped restroom facilities at the Penfold/Farmers’ Market park. The restroom would be 10×20 with two separate ADA-compliant family restrooms. The facility would be locked at night and would shut down completely from late October to beginning of May.

For many years now the Market and Penfold Park have been served by two porta-potties. The Parks and Rec Commission and the Village Council agreed that permanent facilities would better serve Farmers Market patrons and vendors during the season as well as people who use the Betsie Valley Trail, which has an important junction there at M-22. The Parks & Rec Commission voted to support Sue’s application and voted to kick in another $5K for a drinking fountain if the grant was received.

The Village received word June 3 that the USDA had accepted the proposal but due to their own budget constraints are prepared to award only $50K of the original $70K requested. Before making their offer official, USDA needs to know whether the Village would still proceed with the project with this partial funding. The deadline to let them know is June 10.

Parks & Rec and the Village Council will hold a special joint meeting June 9 at 6:30 in the Community Building to decide if they can commit to do the project with the lesser funding amount and/or commit Village funds to the project. The Village is still in a deficit situation, despite progress in shaving it down; six years after the Village was placed on watch by the state for fiscal stress, our revised Deficit Elimination Plan has still not yet been accepted by the Treasury Department. Avoiding cost overruns is certainly top of mind for everyone.

P&R and Council hope the community will come out for this very important discussion. Can we complete this project for $50K? And/or can we count on additional support from the community to bring us up to the projected $70K? The Parks & Rec Commission feels that a safe, up-to-date, attractive facility would be a huge asset to the market, the park, the trail, and our human community here in the Village. Please come and tell the Village leadership what you think. Ψ

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