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Kingsford plans paving projects

August 7, 2012
By JIM ANDERSON - News Editor , The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Local street and alley paving is scheduled in Kingsford, with the city council accepting a bid Monday from Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain for $153,435.

According to City Manager Tony Edlebeck, the work list includes:

- Emmett Avenue from Garfield to Lawrence.

- Lawrence Street from Breen to Hoadley.

- Cass Avenue from Kimberly to the alley west of Carpenter Avenue.

- Maplewood Court from Westwood to Cherry.

- Alleys on the 100 and 200 blocks between Breitung Avenue and Henford Street; on the 100 block between Grant and Case; and on the 200 block between Hooper Street and Doraland Street.

The only other bidder was Northeast Asphalt Inc. of Greenville, Wis., at $170,710.

The work will be awarded to Bacco, provided its bid meets specifications.

In other action, the council:

- Agreed to seek permits from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for an antlerless archery deer hunt on designated parcels within city limits. Last year, nearly 150 deer were culled in a similar hunt. The city will start with 100 permits. The tentative hunting period is Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Also, the city plans to restrict public access north of the Ford/Kingsford Products plant to allow hunters only.

- Authorized its Negotiations Committee (Edlebeck, Mayor Michael Flaminio, Council Member Jeff Pearson, City Attorney Bruce Brouillette) to meet with representatives of Eagle Tool to make a recommendation on a potential property sale. Eagle Tool, represented at Monday's meeting by attorney Peter Ryan of Iron Mountain, hopes to buy a strip of city property to accommodate expansion of its Woodward Avenue facility. Ryan said installation of a new computer-aided metalworking machine - once planned for Kingsford - will take place elsewhere, but there remains a need for more workers and space at the 101 Woodward Ave. site. The council has no qualms about selling the 20-foot by 170-foot parcel, but the issue is complicated by the expense to relocate a city water main. Eagle Tool would balk at the potential $63,000 cost for an eight-inch replacement main, but other options may exist. Council member Brian Smeester said the city must make a business decision, weighing its utility responsibilities against the benefits of the sale.

- Accepted, with regret, a letter from City Treasurer Roger Scott, indicating his intention to retire effective January 2013. The city will begin looking for a replacement for Scott, who has served for 15 years.

- Learned that installation of an irrigation system has been completed at the Lodal Park youth football field. Cost to the city was nominal, thanks to the efforts of the Central U.P. Youth Football League and Rainmaker Irrigation of Kingsford.

- Awarded a bid of $3,642 to Terrazzo Creations & Renewal of Iron Mountain to seal a floor in the Department of Public Works mechanical room.

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