Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society






 OWNER-​Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society​ hereby gives notice that firm, fixed-priced sealed bids will be received for the following project. PROJECT-​The work shall consist of replacement of existing roof systems on the Fog Signal building with historically correct Victorian metal shingles at the ​Thunder Bay Island Light Station, Alpena, MI. TIME-​  Firm, fixed-priced sealed bids will be received from General Contractors at 312B, East Chisholm Street, Alpena, MI, by calling (989)255-7964, no later than noon on the ​31st day of May, 2018.



BIDS-​ Bids shall be submitted in sealed envelope marked”LH18-203 THUNDER BAY ISLAND LIGHT STATION-Fog Signal Roof Rehabilitation” and submitted to the attention of Don June, TBIPS.  Bidders must submit a signed certification of debarment, suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug-free Workplace Requirements and Lobbying.  Compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations is required. 



All bids will be opened on ​1st (day), of June, 2018, at 1 pm​, at the Alpena County Library, 211 N. First Street, Alpena, MI, 49707. MANDATORY PRE-BID SITE VISIT- ​The Contractor is required to visit the site and become fully aware of all existing conditions.  A pre-bid site visit is scheduled for ​May​ ​17​, ​2018​.  This pre-bid meeting and site visit is mandatory for all General Contractors.  Attendees are to meet at the Alpena Small Boat Harbor boat launch at 8:00 am, boat transportation to the island will leave at 8:15 am, and return at approximately noon.  Because of limited boat space, contractors are asked to limit the number of representatives to .  If weather conditions are unfavorable the alternate date will be the following day. 




The owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids and waive any informality in bidding and to award that which is in the best interest of the Owner. WITHDRAWAL OF BIDS-​ ​No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of 45 days after the scheduled opening without the consent of the Owner. FUNDING- ​This project is partially funded by a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant through the State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority.  Funding for this program comes from the sale of Michigan’s specialty lighthouse license plate available through the Secretary of State.

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Thunder Bay Island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America, and is located adjacent to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve.

The Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized in 1996, and is licensed to solicit by the State of Michigan. We are dedicated to the education, preservation and restoration of Thunder Bay Island and its historic light station The goal of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is the repair, restoration and maintenance of the remaining historic structures on the island. As we do this, we are engaged in gathering documentation of the island and its inhabitants. As we share the information we discover, the public will be able to gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the valuable maritime history revolving around the island. 

In December, 1997, the Society and the US Coast Guard signed a ten-year lease for the buildings with an easement to access these buildings. The lease has been extended to 2027, and the society is working in partnership with Alpena Township to gain ownership of the southern portion of the island.

Currently, the island is divided between Alpena Township on the southern end, and Bureau of Land Management on the north.  Visitors may join society members on trips to the island to conduct work or research deemed to be part of the TBILPS mission. The long-range plan is for the island to be mapped, interpretive signs to be installed, and clearly delineated paths to be created for self-guided tours.The completion of the Historic Structures Report will be a guide for the Preservation Society to follow when restoring or repairing the buildings. Overnight camping and ground fires on the island are prohibited.

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    PO Box 212, Alpena, MI 49707

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Last modified: June 2017