Street paving in Kingsford

KINGSFORD – Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay, Wis., is the low bidder for paving work that will take place in Kingsford this year.

At a meeting Monday, the city council accepted Northeast’s bid of $204,671, provided it meets specifications. Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain was the only other bidder at $211,714.

The paving will take place on Sagola Avenue, from M-95 (Carpenter Avenue) west to Birch Street; on Brookfield Street from Westwood Avenue west to Bluff Avenue; and Nelson Drive from M-95 (Carpenter Avenue) east to the curve behind NAPA Auto Parts/Kingsford True Value.

The city also plans to pave about 3,300 feet of alleys, mainly in the Breitung area, said City Manager Tony Edlebeck.

The work is funded through the city budget, including some $63,000 generated by a levy of 0.5 mills for roads and streets, approved by voters in a county-wide vote in 2012.

In other action, the Kingsford council:

– Gave preliminary approval to a site plan for Family Dollar, which plans to build a new store along Carpenter Avenue, north of Hong Kong Buffet and southeast of Birchwood Mall. Edlebeck said no construction date has been set, but the company has assured him that a planned merger with Dollar Tree will not inhibit the project. Family Dollar currently has a store in Birchwood Mall.

– Accepted an ordinance waiver to allow Ross Riemann, who is moving to the city from Norway, to possess a service dog that is a pit bull mix. The waiver is similar to one granted by the city to another pit bull owner in 2012 and includes input from a physician. The dog must be kept confined in Riemann’s home or in a secure outdoor enclosure. Away from home, the dog is to be on a harness and muzzled. Kingsford has banned pit bulls since 1987.

– Authorized Edlebeck to prepare specifications and seek bids for a new refuse collection vehicle. The 2014-15 budget includes $190,000 for the purchase.

– Scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, on a zoning request from James Myers III to locate a home-based hair salon service at 545 Saratoga St.

– Heard Edlebeck report that the Westwood Avenue reconstruction project has begun and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. Bacco Construction was awarded the bid earlier this year at $270,194, with a Michigan Department of Transportation grant covering some 80 percent of the cost. The project runs for 0.91 miles from Woodward Avenue south to Garfield Street.

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