Breitung looks to share project costs with Kingsford

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board on Monday opened the three bids received for the Hoadley Avenue meter pit and water main project, but won’t choose one until township staff review them and discuss a possible contract and cost-share agreement with the city of Kingsford.

Bids were $102,970 from Morin Excavating of Niagara, Wis.; $118,762 from Barley Utility Contractors of Menominee; and $135,587 from FA Industrial Services of Iron River.

The project would relocate and upgrade the 1930s meter pit and add a new water main in the area of Hoadley Avenue and Maple Street, Township Superintendent John Gaudette said.

The township services about 100 customers in this area with water from Kingsford, he noted.

The two municipalities don’t now have a contract in place but would like one before proceeding with the project, Township Trustee Dave Soderbloom said. They also need to decide how to split project costs, with previous discussions calling for the township to pay two-thirds and the city one-third, Gaudette said.

The board may take further action at its Aug. 27 meeting.

In other business, the board:

— Scheduled a joint meeting with Breitung Township Fire Department chiefs for 7 p.m. Monday.

— Allowed board members and Gaudette to attend the Governor’s Luncheon on Thursday at the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba. The township will cover the $20 lunch fee but won’t pay mileage or per diems.

— Allowed Department of Public Works employees Jay Davis and Chris Wilcox to attend a drinking water supply seminar Oct. 1 in Marquette. The township will cover the cost of registration and use of a township vehicle.

— Allowed Gaudette, as well as Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals members, to attend any of several upcoming training seminars in Escanaba or Marquette. The township will cover the cost of mileage, but the individuals will be responsible for paying a $50 fee if they register but don’t attend.