By JIM ANDERSON
KINGSFORD - Minerick Logging of Sagola has submitted the high bid for a planned timber harvest on property owned by the city of Kingsford near Nocerini Road in Breitung Township.
Minerick's bid of $50,516 will be reviewed - along with offers from five other loggers - by VanOss Forestry Services of Crystal Falls, the city's consulting forester. VanOss will receive a 10 percent commission for overseeing the sale.
The second-highest bid came from J. Carey Logging of Channing at $41,397.
The plan mainly calls for the harvest of mature aspen from the 40-acre site, which was acquired by the city decades ago for potential water exploration. The parcel now serves as a wellhead buffer.
The city council agreed Monday to submit the six bids to VanOss for a recommendation.
In other action, the council:
- Awarded bids to Mountain Engineering and Coleman Engineering, both of Iron Mountain, for environmental services in connection with the planned sale of city property at the northwest corner of Maule Drive and Knudsen Drive. Kingsford Broach & Tool Inc. plans to break ground in 2014 on a $2.5 million manufacturing facility. Once a purchase/development agreement is signed, Coleman Engineering will provide geotechnical engineering at a cost of up to $4,300. Mountain Engineering will provide environmental engineering at a cost of $1,600 to $6,261, depending on the state's requirements. City Manager Tony Edlebeck explained that an initial environmental assessment was performed when the city acquired the property in 1999.
- Agreed to send a letter of intent to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., stating the city's desire to join a regional pool and turn over administration of its revolving loan fund to Northern Initiatives of Marquette. A public hearing related to the loan fund will be conducted by the council at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.
- Noted the rescheduling of its first September meeting to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, to avoid a conflict with Labor Day.
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