There will be a Waterfront Festival in Menominee this year. At a special meeting Wednesday night the Menominee City Council unanimously approved a motion that the city hold the 2018 festival. Last month, the Special Projects Committee discussed the possibility of not holding the festival this year while it was retooled with a goal of again becoming profitable. But, the committee felt that was a decision for the entire council to make. After a motion to reduce the festival down to a 3-day event failed for lack of a second, The council unanimously passed a motion that the festival remain a 4-day event. The festival committee had recommended the festival be reduced to three days to cut costs after four days of rain last summer led to a $16,000 loss. Some council members said they would be willing to reconsider shortening the festival should the festival committee come back with a budget requiring it.
The council also approved a motion made by Alderman Bill Plemel that the city again hire long-time festival director Nancy Douglas to run this year’s event. Douglas last ran the festival in 2015, and Plemel moved to hire Douglas at under the same terms of the 2015 contract, paying a fee of $5000. The vote to approve hiring Douglas passed 6-2 with Major Jean Stegeman and Alderman Steve Fifarek voting no. Alderman Frank Pohlman was absent from the meeting. Douglas was not ready to immediately accept the position last night. She asked for a couple of days before getting back to the city on the offer.