City to discuss sewer program phase two funding, plans

MANISTEE — A public informational meeting will be held at the start of Manistee City Council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. today, honing in on phase two of the Rural Development Wet Weather Corrective Action Program (CAP).

The program aims to reduce inflow and infiltration of illegal water in the city’s sewage system, and to convey, treat and store excess inflow and infiltration at the plant. It is required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

The CAP program has two phases of action:

• Phase one involves the remainder of studies and modeling required to determine the final construction project, along with sewer system upgrades to reduce areas of inflow and infiltration; and

• Phase two, which the public informational meeting will focus on, includes the construction of a storage basin.

The program was approved by the MDEQ as a way to eliminate Combined Sewer Overflows.

Today, the special meeting allows the public to learn more about project details like economic and environmental impacts, the service area and alternatives for the project scope.

During the meeting, council will also consider accepting a low interest loan to fund phase one of the CAP, in which the city applied for through the USRDA. It has been approved by the USRDA at $4.4 million.

“The city has successfully applied for the phase one of funding,” said Department of Public Works director Jeff Mikula, in a memo on June 14. “City council acceptance of the loan is required.”

Council will also consider applying for a low interest loan to fund phase two of the program through the USRDA, as well. Council could take action to approve funds not to exceed the amount of $15 million. This phase is still in the works with the generation of final costs and plans.

“Phase two includes new sewer conveyance, land acquisition, sewer rehabilitation and construction of a storage basin and new head-works to the WWTP,” Mikula stated, in a memo on June 13 to the city manager, Thad Taylor.

At today’s meeting, council will consider a bid to install a new primary sludge pump at the wastewater treatment plant, which needs to be replaced soon.

It has been recommended that council approve a contract at $29,740 to Swidorski Brothers Excavating. The new pump has been ordered.

A request from the Downtown Development Authority will also be reviewed by city council, to waive the fee for zoning ordinance amendments at $1,000.

The DDA reviewed the uses in the C-3 Central Business District and will move forward with a request for a zoning amendment to the ordinance. The DDA is asking council to waive that fee, but the cost for advertising will not be waived.

If council approve this, the DDA will move forward as directed.

After the seiche took place earlier this year, the Manistee Municipal Marina had damage to several docks, which now need to be replaced. Today, council will consider approving an application for a grant to the Manistee County Community Foundation to replace seven docks at the marina for $75,000.

The total cost to replace all of the docks would be $232,500. The city would use insurance proceeds from the recent seiche event to match funds. A grant application to the MDNR Waterways Commission is also being explored.

Today, council will put to a vote the following items on the agenda, as well:

• A parcel split and combination request from Floyd Yoder and Roger Yoder, splitting the east one half of lot seven from parcel 51-648-720-01, as owned by Floyd. Then it would be combined with parcel 51-648-720-03 owned by Roger;

• A parcel split and combination request from Faith Covenant Church to split the 27 feet south from the parsonage located at 487 Eighth St., and combine it with the church property at 475 Eighth St.;

• A pre-application was put in for a grant through the Manistee County Community Foundation to reconstruct four tennis courts at Sands Park. Now, the facilities at First Street Beach could be upgraded, too. The budget for this could be up to $60,000.

City staff recommends a match of 25 percent, and will explore the possibility of sharing the match with Manistee Area Public Schools. Council could take action to approve an application to the community foundation at $45,000, with a $15,000 match for the project cost;

• Applications to boards and commissions with the city including Mark Wittlieff for the Historic District Commission.

Ed Bradford will give a report on the activities of the administrative service department, and respond to any questions. Also, Bradford will talk on behalf of the Oil and Gas Investment Board.

A work session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 10 in the council chambers at City Hall focusing on the DC Pension Plan, River Street refuse, Strategic Plan update and MEDC redevelopment services, and other business.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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