2013-01-17 / Front Page

Park Ave. officially added

One block of previously cut street to get updates this summer

MANISTIQUE – The bulk of a $8.6 million infrastructure project may have wrapped up in fall, but one block still remains to be completed this summer. During Monday’s meeting of the Manistique City Council, members approved the addition of one block of Park Avenue to the USDA Rural Development project.

Over the summer and fall of 2012, water sewer and storm sewer lines were upgraded in various locations on the east and west sides of the city. After the project wrapped up in the fall, city officials and engineering firm Coleman Engineering discovered enough leftover grant funds to pay for the inclusion of one block of Park Avenue. The entire length of Park Avenue had originally been included in the project, but was soon cut due to unforeseen budget constraints.

City Manager Sheila Aldrich revealed the addition in December, but the city had to wait until the contractor for the east side – Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, Inc. – had reviewed and approved the change order request. The request outlined the addition of the one block of Park Avenue, and locked in material prices from 2012.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $399,000.

On Monday, Aldrich explained the contractor had signed the change order request and the project should move forward this summer. It will include the block of Park Avenue starting at the Range Street intersection and heading east to Steuben.

“There is no doubt it’s going to be tight (the budget),” Aldrich explained. “There’s not a lot of money left, but we’ve had a real good rapport and work with Team Elmers.”

She added that the construction company had been under budget in the work previously completed.

The change order was unanimously approved by council.

“This (the change order) will then go over to Rural Development for their review, and it will have to be authorized,” she said. “What it does is it uses up the grant dollars … we don’t want turn any grant dollars back without using them.”

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