Norway to look at school safety

NORWAY — The Norway City Council on Monday agreed to look into forming a committee with Norway-Vulcan Area School Board members to discuss school safety, including possibly adding a school liaison officer.

Iron Mountain officials earlier this month considered bringing back a liaison officer to their school district, council member Scott Popp pointed out. Adding an officer at Norway schools likely would require school district voters to support a millage for funding, he said.

But the committee wouldn’t just focus on a liaison officer, Popp noted, as members could look at improving safety in general both inside and outside the school building.

Popp and council member Lee Meneghini volunteered to act as council representatives on the committee, which also would include three school board members, City Manager Ray Anderson, School District Superintendent Lou Steigerwald, High School Principal Joe Tinti and Elementary/Middle School Principal Rico Meneghini.

Anderson told the council he would send a letter to Steigerwald to spur further discussion on the issue.

In other business, the council:

— Heard public comment from a Norway Township resident on Oak Crest Drive who wanted the option to use city services such as telephone, television, internet and garbage collection. The city could provide telephone, television and internet services to the area only if enough residents agree to share in the cost of the extension, Anderson explained. 

— Approved the standard monthly pay requests for the city’s water/sewer system upgrade project: $156,093 for the wastewater treatment plant portion, $5,374 for the water portion, and $9,907 for the sewer portion. Council member Jeremy Oja was opposed to the wastewater treatment plant payment because it contained a $90,000 change order he previously voted against.

The project is funded through U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development grants and loans. 

— Approved a disbursement of $15,578 to Coleman Engineering for field work on the city’s Stormwater, Asset Management, Wastewater Grant project. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reimburses 90 percent of the cost at $14,020.20, leaving the city to pay $1,557.80.

— Tabled action on purchasing a chipper for the electric department until Anderson can provide repair vs. replacement costs.