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      Hickory Hills master plan moving forward

      Commissioners approve funding for Hickory Hills at Monday night meeting.

      Traverse City Commissioners gave the go-ahead for a master plan regarding Hickory Hill's future at Monday's meeting.

      The Grand Traverse Ski Club will now get the additional approval of funds from Garfield Township and Support Hickory, then they??ll start collecting bids for a contract regarding making improvements to the ski area.

      Those bids will be brought before city commissioners to vote on at the October 7 meeting.

      Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes says the cost is worth it in the long run.

      ??It will cost city residents $8,000 out of their city budget which I think is a minor amount considering the big picture of what Hickory Hills is and how important it is to the city and the community," Estes said.

      Commissioners also discussed a possible 2013 election ballot proposal regarding the use of Brown Bridge Trust Fund dollars for area parks maintenance. The issue was tabled for now and will be addressed after the November election to go on a ballot at a later date.

      An ordinance regarding waste generated by side walk cafes was set aside for committee discussion. Commissioners felt more clarification was needed before implementing a new ordinance.

      City Manager Jered Ottenwess says the Splash Pad at Clinch Park likely won't be opening before Labor Day. He received a letter from the Department of Environmental Quality Monday with a list of things that still need to be accomplished before the water area can open again.

      Ottenwess says they aren't major things, but they will take time. He's hopeful it will open sooner.

      The Splash Pad was shut down back at the end of June when sewage backed up into the fountain feature. It had been open for less than a week.