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City adds block into utility project

December 17, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - The city of Manistique has added one street block back into its recent city-wide utility project, according to a city official. Manistique City Council was informed of the addition during a recent city council meeting.

City Manager Sheila Aldrich said Park Avenue had originally been included in Manistique's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/Rural Development (ARRA/RD) project, which upgraded water and sanitary sewer systems throughout much of the city.

Aldrich said due to bids that came in higher than expected for the project and the need to fulfill a minimum contingency amount, RD required them to remove Park Avenue from the project until now.

"At this time, Coleman Engineering has determined there is enough money left to do one block of Park, and so that change order was sent to the contractor," she said. The utility upgrade will cover one block of Park Avenue starting from Range Street and is expected to move forward once council receives cost estimates from the construction company. The additional work must be completed by the end of June 2013.

The city's ARRA/RD infrastructure project was recently completed by contractors Elmer's Crane and Dozer, Inc. of Traverse City on the east side of the project, and Hebert Construction Company of Iron River on the west.

Council also selected Coleman Engineering to serve as the engineering firm for another project in downtown Manistique this summer. The city received a grant for the project from the Community Development Block Grant program.

"The city applied for and received a DIG (Downtown Infrastructure Grant) for Cedar Street between Oak and Walnut," explained Aldrich. "This grant will replace failing utility lines."

The project will replace aged and deteriorated water and sanitary sewer mains with some additional road construction activities.

The grant totals approximately $231,000, with $100,000 funded from Rural Task Force dollars and a match of $40,000 from the city's Major Streets Fund.

Council approved Coleman Engineering to oversee the project and the reimbursement process from the CDBG and Rural Task Force.

In the past, Aldrich said water main replacement for the project would include connecting services, gate valves and fire hydrants, while the sewer main replacement would include connecting services and replacing deteriorating manholes. Street construction would involve removing and replacing of roadway along with necessary adjustments to storm sewer manholes.

In other business, council:

- approved an easement request for Enbridge Energy to relocate their cathodic protection by the city's water plant where the line crosses the Manistique River. Aldrich said Enbridge originally had placed the cathodic protection near the water plant, and it was uncovered when the city constructed a new ozone tank there. The easement allows Enbridge Energy to place a new cathodic protection line in an open area where their gas line crosses city property and the Manistique River.



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