Norway checks on tennis court grant from DNR

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

NORWAY – The Norway City Council is looking for clarification on an engineering agreement before moving forward with plans to construct two new tennis courts at Marion Park with state grant money.

Back in December, the city was awarded a $45,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Passport Grant for the project. A local match of $15,000 is required for a total project cost of $60,000.

At the council’s Monday meeting, City Manager Ray Anderson asked for approval to begin work by entering into an engineering agreement with Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain at a cost not to exceed $5,000.

Council member George Bal had some reservations about the agreement, in particular about wording regarding engineer and contractor responsibilities. He claimed that similar issues led to unsatisfactory work on the some of the city’s alleys last year.

Mayor Jeremy Oja suggested that the item be tabled until the council can get clarification.

The council agreed.

In other business, the council:

– Announced that the city cannot authorize a city-wide “let run” order to keep residents’ water pipes from freezing. Oja explained that a “let run” order would overtax the aquifer and drop the water level too low. Only residents whose pipes have already froze once this winter have been told to run their water.

– Authorized a final pay request of $11,613.75 to August Winter & Sons Inc. for the wastewater treatment plant aeration project.

– Approved to pay $10,022 to AIMS Power Systems Division to troubleshoot problems with the No. 3 and No. 4 units at the Sturgeon Falls Hydro Plant. Utility Superintendent Joe Pickart said that he would like the problems resolved before the spring runoff occurs. Although the item was not in the budget, Pickart said that he has funds available to cover the work.

– Approved the amended transmission/distribution agreement with American Transmission Company. Anderson informed the council that WPPI attorneys and the city attorney found the agreement to be acceptable.

– Heard a presentation from Bob McMahon of Fahrner Asphalt regarding street maintenance options to consider for the 2014-2015 budget. Options included crack sealing, slurry sealing, and microsurfacing. The council took his information under advisement.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.