Au Gres council clears way for possible yacht club dredging project
Au GRES — The Au Gres City Council unanimously gave its blessing Jan. 8 to the Au Gres Yacht Club Condominium Association’s idea to do dredging on the canal leading past the clubhouse to the Saginaw Bay.
Condominium Association President Fred Wigen said the group is looking into dredging the canal and is currently working on getting permits completed to move forward.
“The water in the canal is precariously low,” he said. “It’s the lowest I’ve ever seen.”
He said he wanted to get the OK from the city to move any dredged soil to city property on South Court Street, where the city had previously moved dredged soil.
Dredged soil needs to be tested by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to make sure there are no contaminants, and Councilman Keith Edmunds introduced a caveat to the council’s resolution that the storage only be allowed if the soil samples are approved.
City Manager Pat Killingbeck said the city would not be responsible for the testing, and added if the yacht club ends up dredging from the same areas Au Gres had previously, they could use those soil test results.
Wigen said one of his concerns is finding a contractor available to do the work.
“There are multiple solid (contractors) all around, but it’s not just us facing less water, it’s everyone,” he said. “I was here during the high water period in 1986, and we’re a good six or seven feet lower from that point.”
Wigen said he had no set timetable in place for the potential dredging at th