Hancock’s plans for 2018 include mural, city buses

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette This building will be the site of a mural in downtown Hancock if funding is granted by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

HANCOCK — Council members went over 2018 project goals and approved community member developments.

At its Wednesday meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a grant application request for a downtown mural.

If approved resident and artist Holly Lake could receive up to $4,000 in funding, which she plans to match with her donated time. The building owner has already approved the proposed project.

“I applaud her initiative,” council member John Haeussler said.

The mural would be an abstract sunset landscape of the Portage Entry Lighthouse.

The council also unanimously approved a redevelopment liquor license and specially designated merchant license for Studio Pizza in downtown Hancock. The location previously had a liquor license.

Other permits were requested but could not be approved at the time, as because they were not in the initial application.

“They will have to come back and reapply,” said City Manager Glenn Anderson.

In the city manager’s report, Anderson said a new bus is on order, and two more are planned for the future to replace current vehicles in the fleet.

Anderson also released a master list of project goals and objectives for the year 2018.

The list covered existing grants and projects, potential grants and Department of Public Works projects, as well as community and economic development goals.

The existing grant projects include beach dock completion, rental rehab, storm sewer cleaning and televising, road paving and art bike racks for downtown.