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More street repairs this year

July 31, 2012
By LINDA LOBECK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

\IRON MOUNTAIN - The city of Iron Mountain still has plans to get another project done this construction season and held a special meeting Monday to authorize going out for bids.

According to City Manager Jordan Stanchina, the plan is to get the bids so they can be opened by the second meeting in August.

The project is in the 25 Location area and includes updating the utilities - water mains and street reconstruction. The engineers have estimated the cost at $340,000.

The work will be done on Houghteling Street between Pine and Tamarack streets and on Kent Street, between Fairbanks and Forest streets.

"It's a project that comes out of local funds and we'll be doing it this year as long as the bids come in at or lower than the estimate," Stanchina said.

A second item on the agenda for the meeting was a review of the Chapin Pit Pavilion design. Council, after some discussion concerning the structure, accepted the design proposed by the Lilja Fund committee.

At a previous meeting, Marsha Bonicatto, chairperson of the Lilja Fund, showed a conceptual design of the structure that included an ore car used in mining to be on display on the second level of the structure.

Council members were concerned that people would be climbing the structure in order to get in the car to take pictures. That portion of the project design was eliminated as well as a chance to increase the height for the structure to eliminate some of the concerns.

The gazebo-picnic area being constructed through the Lilja Fund will be located at the northwest side of the East Chapin Pit. The gazebo is designed to replicate a mine

shaft entrance and Kevin Trevillian of Coleman Engineering was hired by the fund to draw the design. The area will be an attraction for the city and keep with the feel of the heritage of the area since the Chapin Pit was once a mine.

The Lilja Fund has been working in this area for the past five years to make it more attractive. Other projects this summer included planting flowers and conducting a treatment for weed control.

The gazebo/picnic area will be constructed on a piece of city property where there is already a slab of concrete poured near the Hardee's Restaurant at East Chapin Pit.

The Lilja Trust Fund was established by Madge Lilja and since its inception, the trust has funded more than $200,000 in beautification projects in Iron Mountain. The trust is also a major contributor of the Millie Hill Bat Cave walking trail.

In addition to Bonicatto, the trust fund committee members include Ruth Larson and Al Mendini of Iron Mountain and Madge Lilja's niece, Carol Dubuque of Livonia.

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