By JIM ANDERSON
KINGSFORD - Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain is the apparent low bidder for a resurfacing project on Westwood Avenue in Kingsford.
Bacco's bid, opened at Monday's city council meeting, totals $270,194. The only other bid came from Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay, Wis., at $284,725.
The bids will be reviewed by Coleman Engineering Co. of Iron Mountain, the project engineer. The Michigan Department of Transportation has committed grant funds of $251,594 to cover 80 percent of the estimated cost. The bids are well within the budget, noted City Manager Tony Edlebeck.
The Westwood Avenue project runs for 0.91 miles from Woodward Avenue south to Garfield Street. Work is expected to begin sometime after July 1.
This all-season route provides access to the city's industrial area and connects to the county's all-season road network.
In other action, the council:
- Heard Edlebeck report the city is "not out of the woods" in regards to frozen water lines. In recent weeks, six- to 10-inch service lines in "dead-end" locations are thawing and exposing cracks, Edlebeck said. There have been about five incidents, the most serious in the area of Turner Road where some 26 feet of main had to be replaced. Water customers on "let run" status are advised to wait until notices are received before shutting off the water stream, Edlebeck added. Notices will likely be sent out later this week to the majority of customers.
- Has issued a notice of a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 5, on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment. The change would allow the installation and operation of a crematorium as an accessory to a compatible business that meets the current requirements of a B1-Community Business or B2-General Business Zoning District.
- Heard Edlebeck report that 337 businesses responded to a Dickinson Area Partnership survey concerning Upper Peninsula mail services. Most businesses say the U.S. Postal Service is important to their activities, including overnight Upper Peninsula service made possible by the Kingsford Mail Processing Center. U.S. Sen Carl Levin, D-Mich., continues to work with the community to protest the planned closure of the center.
- Noted the appointment of Sandra Chumney to the Kingsford Housing Commission for a partial term expiring in March 2017. Chumney will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judith Thompson.
- Heard council member Brian Smeester explain that he will vote against payment of city bills because he has been denied access to some of the city's payroll information. Last month, with Smeester voting no, the council adopted a policy that restricts council access to payroll information that is considered personal, such as deductions for child support or charitable contributions.
- Acknowledged American Transmission Co. for providing $350 for tree plantings on city property.
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