By JIM ANDERSON
KINGSFORD - Kingsford will seek a $600,000 state grant to evaluate its wastewater and stormwater systems, and plan for improvements.
The city council on Monday authorized City Manager Tony Edlebeck to pursue funding through the Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Program.
If a grant is awarded through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the city would be obligated for a $60,000 (10 percent) match. That funding can be spread out over three budget years, and would come from the city's sewer fees, Edlebeck said.
The city hopes to evaluate sanitary sewer, combined sewer (sanitary sewer and stormwater in a single pipe) and manholes - limiting the study to components that are more than 30 years old. The work involves cleaning and televising some 130,000 linear feet of pipe, as well as addressing some 565 manholes, Edlebeck said.
The evaluation - or asset management plan - is to include a cost analysis of deficiencies, a work plan for improvements and locations for geographic information systems (GIS) mapping.
The SAW Program was created through legislation enacted in 2012 and is funded through the Great Lakes Water Quality Bond authorized by state voters in 2002.
Edlebeck said the city's sewer infrastructure is "in fairly decent shape" but the evaluation is needed to prioritize replacement of lines nearing the end of their lifespans. Also, an asset management plan is required to seek further grant or loan assistance from the state.
In other action Monday, the council:
- Noted that city offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving. Also, there will be no garbage collections on Thanksgiving, with those collections pushed to Friday, Nov. 29.
- Engaged in a sometimes contentious discussion prompted by council member Brian Smeester's reading of the City Charter, which he said obligates the city attorney to provide legal advice to individual council members on city matters. Mayor Dennis Baldinelli said the council's policy, which City Attorney Bruce Brouillette supports, requires authorization through the city manager and/or the full council for legal work that may be billed to the city.
- Learned that 34 deer have been harvested through the city's managed archery hunt, which continues through the end of the year. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved 100 antlerless permits for this year's hunt.
- Authorized Edlebeck to advertise the sale of three surplus patrol vehicles and one surplus pickup truck.
- Cast its ballot for the Dickinson Area Partnership Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, supporting Suzanne Anderson, Allison Maloney, Holly Peoples, Michael Peters, James W. Rice, Kristine Robinson and Jeff Welcher.
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