CL approves funds for pavilion, considers marijuana ordinance

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Pictured is one of the renderings of the 40 x 70-foot public events pavilion that the Village of Central Lake will begin construction on soon downtown at the corner of North and Main streets. 


CENTRAL LAKE – The Central Lake Village Council considered a proposed marijuana facilities ordinance, and approved funds for construction of a public events pavilion during its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, July 10.

After a brief explanation from Gourdie-Fraser engineer Jennifer Hodges of what work would be included in the quote for construction of the 40 x 70-foot pavilion, which will include public restrooms on a village-owned lot at the corner of North and Main streets, the Council unanimously approved a bid of $292,324 from the Greene Construction Group of Traverse City. The bid was accepted with the understanding that the village would have flexibility to negotiate pricing due to budget restraints.

Trustee Lela Clark was absent from the meeting and did not vote.

"The bid included everything, but we will be eliminating things to reduce costs," said Village Council President Larry Eckhardt after the meeting. "Landscaping is one item that I am sure we will eliminate since we can do that on our own, along with sidewalks and paved parking. These things will be negotiated before construction gets underway.

"There is a misconception that this pavilion is being built only for the farmer's market," Eckhardt continued. "Certainly, that was a consideration; however, it is hoped that the pavilion, which will have electricity and be ADA-compliant, will become a downtown venue for entertainment, music events, comedy shows and as a headquarters for the car show, as well as private gatherings and whatever else the community would like to use it for."

Funds for the project are in-part coming from a $200,000 Rising Tide grant the village was awarded in 2016, which is administered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. To meet the terms of the grant, construction on the project must be complete by Nov. 1 of this year.

"So, we are hoping that work can get started by mid-August," said Eckhardt.

In other matters, the council also got its first look at a proposed marijuana facilities ordinance, which would allow for retail sale of marijuana products in the village, offered by local marijuana proponent Kelly Young.

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