NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council dealt with issues related to high waters along the lakefront during an April 30 special meeting conducted using the Zoom app.
The council agreed to have Eddie the House Painter Inc. sandblast and re-paint (with a textured surface) the currently land-locked docks and entry ramps at the municipal transient marina so they can be put back in place at the sidewalk level — which is as high as they can go, a must with river levels high in the harbor.
The winning bid was for $14,850.
Mayor Lou O’Donnell IV said the city is on a tight timeline to get the boat slips ready in the marina.
A second bid from The King Company totaled $31,900.
The council also agreed to retract earlier approval of a proposed Boat Launch Storm Water Easement Agreement with the Harbor Pointe Condominium Association.
The council during its April 20 regular meeting passed the agreement, which involves the installation of a grinder pump at the discharge point to reduce flooding in the parking lot at the boat launch.
O’Donnell said Harbor Pointe representatives have since indicated they would not accept the agreement as written and were going to forward a response. But as of April 30 no further information had been received.
“Until we have something from them I see no reason to even attempt to move forward with this as written,” he said.
O’Donnell noted that the boat launch parking lot, as well as the rest of the lakefront area around North Whittaker at the public beach and the harbor “is the worst I’ve ever seen it flooded” as of Thursday morning, April 30 (for more see the "Perfect Storm Floods New Buffalo Lakefront" article in the News section of this website).
He said the city’s water intake facility along Shore Drive, however, was “doing well” with protection from a higher wall of boulders that were recently installed.
O’Donnell mentioned that the Amtrak railroad crossing on Whittaker Street near Oselka Drive was scheduled to be closed for repairs starting on May 6.
A notice on the city website stated: “Amtrak will commence track work that will require the closure of the railroad crossing at Whittaker Street at Oselka Drive, beginning Wednesday, May 6, through Friday, May 15.”
It concludes that the Whittaker Street crossing is slated to re-open on May 16.