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Frankenmuth News

Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906

Vol. 113 No. 37 - In our 113th year!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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 Mill is staying in place during levee construction

  The sound of chain saws and the sight of  cranes along the Cass River dike continue behind the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce.

  Frankenmuth City Manager Bridget Smith said the tree removal work that began March 6 will be completed by the end of this week or early next week. Pines, cottonwoods and other varieties are being cut down ahead of this summer’s Cass River Levee Improvement Project. Smith said if people are interested  in the large logs, they should contact a representative from Scott’s Tree Service.

  The dike improvements stretch from the Fishermen’s Parking Lot on Gunzenhausen Street, past the fish passage, Main Street Bridge and Holzbruecke and end near the home of William and Annette Rummel.

  A key component in the levee improvement planning is the currently vacated Nickless-Hubinger Mill at the fish passage.

  “The city originally was going to reinforce the levee from inside (the basement) of the Mill. However, as a way to provide additional options for use of the Mill, the city is designing the levee wall around the Mill,” Smith explained. “Without removing the levee from the Mill, the potential to re-use the levee for something different would not be possible. The intent is for the Mill to remain.”

  At this time, there is no way the Mill could be in operation during the upcoming construction. Smith said, right now, the goal is to get through the construction. Because the city is involved,  any disposal of the property would have to be completed by a public process.

  “We are awaiting final design approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and permit approval from the DEQ and MDOT. We anticipate bidding this spring and awarding this summer. Construction is estimated to take 15 months.

 


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