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Ishpeming council rejects bid for street repair work

September 22, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Ishpeming Bureau ( , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - A bid for a street improvement project was unanimously rejected by the Ishpeming City Council at special meeting Friday.

According to City Manager Jered Ottenwess, the lowest bid was $114,000 from Payne and Dolan of Marquette. Had the bid been approved, some of the worst streets in Ishpeming would have been fixed and repaved this season.

The street improvements project was originally part of a special street assessment that would have split the cost of street repairs between the city and property owners bordering those streets. That assessment was canceled earlier this month. It was then suggested that the city focus only on the worst streets.

Ottenwess said the council was following staff recommendations.

Also at the meeting, Ottenwess's evaluation was discussed. The city manager is evaluated annually. Council members received forms to fill out at the beginning of August and were to turn them in to the mayor for summarization.

Ishpeming Mayor Pat Scanlon said Ottenwess received an above average rating.

"I think the evaluation went over pretty well," Scanlon said.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Ishpeming Senior Center.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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