Farwell approves SAW application

By Pat Maurer


m Bihlmeyer from Wade Trim was at the Farwell Village meeting Monday evening to explain the process leading up to application for a SAW [storm water, asset management and wastewater] grant.

If the grant from the Michigan Finance Authority, in consultation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is approved, the Village would receive a grant for a wastewater asset management plan and construction activities up to $400,000. The State will provide from 90% up to 100% funding for these types of projects that qualify.

The funds would be used to “make sure our system is operating properly and make any necessary upgrades,” Village President Steve Grim said.

Although the maximum amount for the grant is $400,000, Bihlmeyer said the project in Farwell is estimated at $365,000, with $264,000 earmarked for the construction. Answering a question from Council member Barb Roe, Bihlmeyer said the work, except for his company’s professional services, would be bid out.

“We have already hired them [Wade Trim] for that,” Council member James Conlay said. The council unanimously approved the application for the grant. The application due date is December 2.

The Village Council also voted Monday night to sign up as a Participating Partner in the Promise Zone Initiative.  Under the initiative, the federal government will invest and partner with high-poverty urban, rural and tribal regions to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment and reduce violent crime.

Five regions will be designated this year across the country. Northern Transformation, a nonprofit division of Michigan Works! Region 7B, was awarded a Stronger Economies Together (SET) grant making the six-county region of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw and Roscommon eligible for the Promise Zone Designation.

County Commissioner Lynn Grim encouraged the Village to participate. “Anyone can sign up as a Participating Partner, individuals and businesses.”  She continued, “This designation will add points when applying for grant funds.”

In another matter, the Council accepted the resignation of Zoning Administrator Rod Williams. Williams submitted a letter of resignation to the Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting October 22. He said he would be working additional days in Hayes Township.

In other business:

*At a special meeting October 17, the Village Council approved hiring Carl Bohy for a full-time Department of Public Works position. He was one of ten candidates for the position.

*At the COW meeting October 22, Russ Hamilton was recommended for the DPW Crew Leader position. He was approved for the position at the special meeting which followed.

*The Council accepted the resignation of Greg Butcher from the Planning commission.

*The Village rescinded the approval to purchase a Motorola portable radio for the Code Enforcement Officer.

*The Council approved October bills totaling $19,386.44.

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