Got water? Manistique wins taste award

MANISTIQUE – It was a night for awards at the Manistique City Council meeting Monday as the council was presented with a trophy for the best tasting water in the U.P. and recognized the service of Public Safety Director Ken Golat.

“May 8th we went to one of our annual training events where they have a water taste off contest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. By taking first place there, we’re eligible to compete at the state level and that will be sometime in September,” said Corey Barr, Manistique Department of Public Works superintendent.

The competition took place during the 64th Annual U.P. Water Treatment System Operator’s Training, which is associated with the American Water Works Association. Manistique competed against 11 other communities in the taste off.

“This is all possible because … council approved a very nice treatment improvement project at our facility,” said Barr.

Last year the city upgraded it’s water treatment plant to use ozone oxidation and granular activated carbon filtration in order to meet new water quality rules.

“We just upgraded our plant last year to ozone, so we’re the first ozone plant in the U.P.,” said City Manager Sheila Aldrich.

Manistique’s water supply is drawn from the Indian River – something which sets Manistique apart form many of the other communities in the taste competition.

“It’s very hard for a surface water treatment plant to compete against groundwater systems – in fact we’re the first in the U.P. to have one first place,” said Barr.

Also recognized at the meeting, Public Safety Director Golat received a plaque commemorating his 35 years of service to the department.

“I was here when Ken started and he’s been a very significant member of our department for 35 years,” said Mayor David Peterson. “I was there when he was our go to guy in investigations, and he’s now the director, and he’s doing an excellent job, and he’s going to continue for awhile.”

Aldrich echoed the sentiment.

“Ken makes an excellent public safety director he’s extremely intelligent and very committed to the city (and) a pleasure to work with,” she said.

In other business the council approved an amendment to the DDA’s tax increment financing (TIF) and development plan to allow for financing and completion of projects in the original plan. The ordinance must be published before taking effect.

City budgets were also reviewed at the meeting. A final amended budget will be presented at the end of June.