September 24, 2007

Howard Lake invests in new history book

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

The Howard Lake Historical Society asked the city council for a donation toward the printing of a new history book during Tuesday’s council meeting.

A history book called “100 Years of the Good Life, 1878-1978,” was printed in 1978 and has been in short supply for some time, as well as in need of updates since 1978.

In addition, more than 300 historical Howard Lake photos have been received at the Herald Journal office in the past few years that would make wonderful additions to a new history book.

The historical society plans to reprint the entire history book that was printed in 1978, and add about 200 new pages, as well.

The group estimates that the cost of printing about 300 new history books will be around $5,000. The group asked the city council for $2,500 towards that printing cost, which the council approved.

Council members agreed that the history book is a very worthy project for the city to support.

The new books are slated to go to press May 1, 2008, and will be available during next year’s Good Neighbor Days celebration. The year 2008 will mark Howard Lake’s 130th city anniversary, which adds even more significance to the project.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved a variance to increase the square footage allowance of a freestanding sign at Security State Bank by 37 feet.

The sign will be for Ridgeview Clinic.

• approved the operation of a pull tab booth by the Multiple Sclerosis Society at the municipal liquor store.

• approved a change order to the Sundblad contract for the Southside Phase II project in the amount of $8,857 for the application of dust control on township roads.

• agreed to have Bolton and Menk create an up-to-date technical manual for procedures at the wastewater treatment facility, with the cost not to exceed $2,000.

A live audit by the Department of Health deemed the current technical manual outdated. The manual was printed in 1988.

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