Norway approves engineering contracts for hydro facility, water & sewer project


Staff Writer

NORWAY – During their Monday meeting, members of the Norway City Council approved engineering contracts for two separate ongoing projects within the city.

Both contracts are with Mead & Hunt of Madison, Wis.

The first project involves the annual license compliance requirements for the city’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license to operate the Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility.

Mead & Hunt estimated that it would cost $71,600 to cover the usual requirements, requirements that are new this year, and preparation of the paperwork on a proposed land sale of city-owned property that is located in Wisconsin but within the facility’s FERC boundary. The land may be sold to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

As Norway City Manager Ray Anderson pointed out, the city was not anticipating the new requirements or the proposed land sale and had only budgeted $21,000 for the project.

However, Norway Utility Superintendent Joe Pickart said that he has never in the past used up the entire amount set aside for the annual project. Furthermore, Mayor Jeremy Oja noted that the city will be reimbursed for the land sale portion once it actually sells the land.

The council unanimously approved to pay Mead & Hunt up to $71,600 for engineering services related to the project.

The second project discussed by the council was the USDA Rural Development water and sewer system improvement project.

Anderson said that the city started the application process in 2006, but only recently had its application approved.

“From the time of the award, we have been working with Mead & Hunt to transition from the application phase of the project to the design phase,” said Anderson.

The council unanimously approved to pay Mead & Hunt up to $658,000 for project engineering services. The total cost of project construction is estimated to be $5.8 million.

Bruce Hawkinson of Mead & Hunt informed the council that he does not yet have a schedule for when construction will commence.

In other business, the council:

– Agreed to pay Clean Harbors Environmental Services of Twinsburg, Ohio up to $10,939.35 to remove an old, contaminated transformer from the Brown Street substation. Pickart said that the transformer is contaminated with a high level of PCBs and must be removed according to EPA regulations.

– Approved to pay Energis High Voltage Resources of Green Bay, Wis. up to $5,534 to perform routine maintenance on hydro breakers at the Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility. Pickart said that maintenance is required every five years. He does not anticipate that the maintenance will cause any outages.

– Agreed to pay Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain up to $5,000 for web hosting the city’s Graphical Information System (GIS) in 2014. The system is accessible to the public via the city’s web page.

– Made appointments to several different boards and committees.

Appointments included Tim Mattson and Aileen Schinderle to the Downtown Development Authority Board; Terry Spence, Derald Harder, and Loren Hayman to the Parks and Recreation Committee; William Trombley, Dennis Lynch, Doug Lindley, and Jacqueline Moser to the Jake Menghini Museum Board; Fred Smith, Ron Vivio, Derald Harder, and George Servia to the Board of Tax Review; and Mark Bubloni, Chris Flanick, and Oja to the Norway Area Zoning Board of Appeals.

The council is still seeking one person to fill a term on the Norway Area Planning Commission.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is