By Susan Carroll
Pelton’s Point will soon be the home of six public boat docks after the village council approved the plans on Monday.
During the July 24 Lake Orion Village Council meeting, $21,125 (the DDA will contribute $1,625 of this figure) was approved by the council for the buildout of the dock, complete with lighting.
The dock, which excludes use by personal watercraft users, will be on a first come, first serve basis and there will be no overnight docking allowed.
“We want to have boaters using the lake to be able to dock and visit our downtown,” said Village Manage Joe Young.
He also mentioned the contractor, Instant Marine located in Clarkston, is ready to start construction and will have the dock completed so it can be used this season.
A $25 annual pass (April to October) affixed to the watercraft will allow use of the dock. Boaters need to keep in mind that there is no public parking available.
The council discussed how the village has outstanding shopping and restaurant/bars, and the installation of the docks will give boaters an opportunity to take advantage of what the village offers, other than boating.
Further discussion on having a boat safety certificate and a mid-block crossing on M-24 to the village, will be continued at the next council meeting on Aug. 7.
“This is a work in progress, we will discover as we go along,” said Ken VanPortfliet, council president.
Also at the meeting:
• Green’s Park buildings will be receiving new roofs on the three structures that were damaged from storms back in 2014.
The material for the roofs will be a plastic synthetic composite interlocking shingle, and will have the appearance of cedar. The singles have a 50-year warranty and no maintenance requirements.
The cost of the job is $27,318, the amount of the insurance claim check. The work has been contracted out to Lake Orion Roofing.
• The council approved the special event permit for “Brave the Wave 2017.”
This jet ski competition will be held on Lake Orion during the Dragon on the Lake Festival.
“This is an interesting event, a good compliment event (to the Dragon on the Lake Festival),” commented VanPortfliet.