Kingsford to seek bids on phone system for City Hall

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council on Monday authorized City Manager Anthony Edlebeck to seek bids on a new phone system for City Hall, the public works building and the public safety building.

The city has budgeted $20,000 for the project.

Edlebeck also reported he sent out bid packages to replace a 1982 dump/plow truck, budgeted at $180,000. The city replaced a 1981 dump/plow truck last year.

Edlebeck told the council he is investigating options to fix a leaking portion of the roof at the public works building. More information will come at a future meeting.

In other business, the council:

— Vacated a 25-by-75-foot portion of an alley next to 51st State Brewing Company at 115 Harding Ave. Phillip Brickey, the 51st State Brewing Company owner, requested the move in May, saying they hope to expand the west side of the building for more office space, inventory storage and future brewing capacity.

— Approved a waiver to the city’s pit bull ban that allows a pit bull as a service dog. The applicant had a letter from his doctor. The last time an exemption was approved was 2012, Edlebeck said.

— Will have a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 19 on a request for a variance for less than the required rear yard setback at a new home to be constructed at Breitung Avenue and Doraland Street. The request is for a 21-foot setback.

— Approved a fireworks permit for Flivverfest on Saturday, July 27.

— Approved the state’s Local Pavement Warranty Program, which the Michigan Department of Transportation put in place in 2018. The warranty would be required on all projects that received state or federal money and includes $2 million or more in paving-related items.