Mayor looks forward to projects in 2022
By Barb Pert Templeton
Despite the ongoing pandemic and any challenges, it brought to local communities in 2021 most municipalities managed to keep things on track including officials in the city of Algonac.
Blue Water Healthy Living asked Algonac’s Mayor Terry Stoneburner to share some accomplishments from 2021 plus the plans for more in 2022.
BWHL: How has the 2021 pandemic affected the city in terms of completing projects planned?
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Mayor Stoneburner: As the global pandemic continued, our community faced challenges in how we communicated and provided services to our residents. Tough decisions were made along the way, but we continued to provide a high quality of service at a low cost. In some ways we emerged better and stronger than we were before, I am grateful for a resilient and adaptable city council, city administration, and community.
BWHL: What are some accomplishments or improvements you saw in Algonac in 2021?
Mayor Stoneburner: Reconstruction of Michigan Street. Water levels finally dropped. Hired an architect to prepare bids and specifications for the new swimming pool. American flags installed in the Riverfront Park for Memorial Day by Henry’s Club. New trash cans installed at Lions Field. Pop Up Pantry events. Bid property and Liability Insurance for the first time in years. Beer, Wine & Cocktail Festival June 5. Bourbon, Brews & BBQ August 14. Honored COVID Community Champions. New roof installed on Lions Field Pavilion materials purchased by Algonac Alive, installed by Woodside Bible Church. Algonac Alive Slow Roll Summer Bike Rides. Girl Scout donation of benches for Skate Park. Installation of concrete corn hole in Riverfront Park. Algonac Alive Photo Quest Golf Cart Event. Developed welcome packets for new residents. Ordered a new fire truck. Installed new Welcome to the City of Algonac sign. Honored retired Fire Chief Charlie Johnson by naming the Fire Station after him. Purchased new fall banners for M29 street light poles. Started phase one of Scout Park playground rehabilitation. Algonac’s first-ever Bump N Run hosted at Smith Recreation Park. Halloween in the Nac event. Faith Coalition of Algonac Living Nativity. Amendments to recreational equipment ordinance to offer greater flexibility to the residents. Selected to receive a $300,000 grant towards construction of a new swimming pool. Reconstruction of the Robbins Street road and water main.
BWHL: Please share two things you would like to see the city accomplish in 2022.
Mayor Stoneburner: Hard to narrow it down to two. To create a searchable electronic database of City Council minutes from 1966 to present. To develop a mobile phone version of the city website. To complete installation of the new blue street signs. To reconstruct Orchard Street and to replace the Scout Park playground equipment. To start a memorial garden at the dog park. To start construction on a new swimming pool.
BWHL: As mayor, what are your personal goals for supporting and improving the city of Algonac for residents in 2022?
Mayor Stoneburner: In December 2021, we awarded the bid for the first phase of the Scout Park Tot Lot. With cooperation of the weather and acquiring materials, I look forward to having the Grand Reopening Phase One of Scout Park by midyear. And of course, the continual progress on the new community swimming pool.
I think creating an exceptional quality of life here in Algonac will continue to be a priority for the city council. We want to have events, facilities, and services that are appreciated by our residents and also attractive to families looking to move to Algonac.