MANISTIQUE - The city of Manistique has added a portion of Park Avenue into its city-wide utility project.
City Manager Sheila Aldrich said Park Avenue had originally been included in Manistique's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/Rural Development project, which upgraded water and sanitary sewer systems throughout much of the city.
Aldrich said due to bids that came in higher than expected for the project and the need to fulfill a minimum contingency amount, RD required the city to remove Park Avenue from the project. She updated the Manistique City Council on the project changes at a recent meeting.
"At this time, Coleman Engineering has determined there is enough money left to do one block of Park, and so that change order was sent to the contractor," she said.
The utility upgrade will cover a block of Park Avenue starting from Range Street and is expected to move forward once the council receives cost estimates from the construction company. The additional work must be completed by the end of June.
The city's ARRA/RD infrastructure project was recently completed by contractors Elmer's Crane and Dozer Inc. of Traverse City on the east side of the project, and Hebert Construction Company of Iron River on the west.
The council also selected Coleman Engineering to serve as the engineering firm for another project in downtown Manistique next summer. The city received a grant for the project from the Community Development Block Grant program.
"The city applied for and received a DIG (Downtown Infrastructure Grant) for Cedar Street between Oak and Walnut," Aldrich said.
The project will replace old, deteriorated water and sanitary sewer mains with some additional road construction included.
The grant totals about $231,000, with $100,000 funded from Rural Task Force funds and a match of $40,000 from the city's Major Streets Fund.
The council approved Coleman Engineering to oversee the project and the reimbursement process from the CDBG and Rural Task Force.
In the past, Aldrich said water main replacement for the project would include connecting services, gate valves and fire hydrants, while the sewer main replacement would include connecting services and replacing deteriorating manholes. Street construction would involve removing and replacing of roadway along with necessary adjustments to storm sewer manholes.