By Pat Maurer
Clare City Commissioners approved bids for the construction of the new water tower, Clare-North Industrial Park and the reconstruction of a mile of Colonville Road at their regular meeting Monday evening.
Bid approval for the water tower and the industrial park, already approved by the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development, are contingent on the approval from the Economic Development Administration, which is expected in the next few days, City Manager Ken Hibl said.
Dunigan Brothers of Jackson was the low bidder for the Division A project – water, sewer and infrastructure in the new park at $1,181,821.80. Maguire Iron won the bid for construction of the City’s new water tower with $1,444,000.
The bid approval for the reconstruction of just under a mile of Colonville Road between Business U.S. 27 and just west of Eberhart Road went to Malley Construction of Rosebush with a bid of $699,999.50 contingent upon approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The USDA has already approved the bid.
Construction will begin on all three projects as soon as the City gets approval from the EDA and the MEDC.
In another matter, the City Commission heard a report on the contamination at the Hatton Township Landfill by Dan Whalen of Williams & Works of Grand Rapids. Whalen outlined his study of the primary areas of contamination, trends, the track of the primary plume migrations, projections and recommendations.
The City owned landfill, closed for many years, is contaminated with Dioxin, Trichloroethylene and Tetrahydrofuran. Whalen said at least 100 monitoring wells were installed on the two main sites, north of Clare, eight years ago.
He reported that although the contamination plume has not decreased, it hasn’t increased either. “Tests are showing the same concentration in the same areas as tests showed seven years ago,” he said. He said that area has over 100 feet of sand and gravel.
Whalen said the Department of Environmental Quality has recommended that the City add two to three new monitoring wells northeast of the site. He said he recommends closing two to three present wells and would ask the DEQ if they would allow that. The Health Department is still testing residential wells in the area. He also recommended requesting that testing, now done twice a year, be reduced to once each year. “We are not seeing much change in the contamination or the progress of the plume,” he said.
Implementation of his recommendations will cost the city between $20,000 and $30,000.
In other business Monday evening, the City Commission:
*approved seal coating bids from D&D Asphalt Specialists at a cost $3,820 for the City parking lot and Public Safety Building parking lot;
*approved the by-laws for the newly formed LDFA (Local Development Financing Authority), formed to capture taxes from the new Clare-North Industrial Park;
*approved accepting a USDA $9,000 grant to install a program and equipment for paperless citations in five police cars. The City’s share of the cost will be $2,490;
*approved a one-year contract with Coyne to provide propane for the airport at a cost of $2,998.50;
*held the second reading and approved the adoption of an ordinance amendment outlining the requirements for projecting signs in the downtown area;
*discussed the petition to decriminalize marijuana in the City;
*answered questions on the progress of the rail-trail through the city from former Mayor and Commissioner Al Demarest.