Industrial Park infrastructure 90% done

May 29, 2015

By Pat Maurer

Infrastructure for the new Clare North Industrial Park is 90 percent complete, Clare City Commissioners were told at the May 18 meeting.
The City approved another payment to Dunigan Brothers at the meeting for $297,472, bringing their total to $2,151,566.38 of the original $2,281,821.80 budget. Sewer and Water construction are both more than 90 percent complete with general infrastructure lagging a little behind that.
“They are ahead of schedule,” City Treasurer Steven Kingsbury said. The new water tower is scheduled to be completed this fall, with the schedule at 63 percent for Maguire Iron. Kingsbury also sail road construction should begin again within the next couple of weeks, weather permitting. Parts of Colonville Road will be replaced and an overlay on the nearly one mile stretch will finish that part of the work.

Work on the new Consumer’s Energy Service building is also progressing well.
The City also got some good news with the information that they are eligible to apply for another Michigan Council for the Advancement of Culture and Arts grant for the Clare Depot renovation. Kingsbury said, “We didn’t believe we would be eligible to apply for the next round of funding as the current grant is still open. We were informed this week we are eligible and can apply.

The Commission gave their approval to make the application for a $75,000 grant. Another grant application is also planned.

Other business at the Clare City meeting included:
*Awarding a Wetlands Mitigation Contract, through the City’s five-year development plan for the Clare Municipal Airport. Federal grants funds total $150,000 annually with the City’s share at five percent. The Commission awarded the contract for $153,046 to Wonsey Tree Service Inc. The project will develop a new 4.5 acre wetland to replace a 1.5 acres wetland which will be displaced with the construction of a new parallel taxiway at the airport.
*Approval was given for an Access Agreement with Judy and Terry Shull to drill a new monitoring well on their property to track the plume of pollution from the Hatton Township Landfill.
*The Commission gave their approval of an application from Dent Refuse Service Inc. to be licensed waste haulers in the City.
*The Commission approved Traffic Control Order to prohibit parking on the sides of Ann Arbor Trail while the road is used as a detour route when the Fifth Street railroad crossing is renovated contingent on whether there is an existing TCO for parking on the road.
*The board approved a Fireworks permit for Fireworks Display of Kawkawlin on July 5th. The display will be over Shamrock Lake and fired from Barnes Island.
*The board approved bills totaling $115,750.16.

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