USDA grant to fund new police car for Clare

By Pat Maurer

A United States Department of Agriculture grant will fund the purchase of a new police car for Clare City, Acting City Manager Steve Kingsbury reported Monday evening.

The City received confirmation from the USDA that $21,000 in grant funds have been committed for the first purchase with funds for another one coming later. “In conversation with Rural Development Specialist Jackie Morgan, we anticipate at this time that the additional requested grant funds for the purchase of the second police vehicle will be committed later in the year,” he said.

Kingsbury also reported that the Michigan Department of Transportation – Airport Service Division will award the parallel taxiway construction work to the low bidder – Mead Brothers Excavating of Springport – and that a contract for the work is being prepared and will be sent to the city for approval. Mead Brothers bid is $304,000, considerably below the engineers estimate of $360,103.40. The project is for a 35 foot by 1,500 foot taxiway to allow two way traffic to the airport’s runway.

He also told the board that a new three-year agreement with the hourly unit of the Teamsters Labor Union has been approved but that the negotiations with the Supervisor’s unit of the Teamsters “is unfortunately at an impasse.” He said a mediator has been contacted in an effort to resolve the “one outstanding item.”

Other business at the City Commission meeting included:

* A brief report from State Representative Joel Johnson on the current business in Lansing.

*Approval of the low bid of $23,262.80 from Bella Concrete Construction of Houghton Lake for curb and flat concrete work on the South Rainbow Drive project from West Glendale to Fifth Street.

*Approval of the low bid from Pete’s Contraction of Valmouth for $34,831.92 for enlarging the water main from four inches to eight inches in the South Rainbow project area.

*Approval of a payment to J. Ranck Electric for $4,675.90 for work on the Waste Water Treatment Plant Capital Improvement Project. Kingsbury said all work on the project should be complete by July 31.

A report from the treasurer that there has been a .1 (one tenth of a percent) increase in the city’s tax roll from last year.

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