Norway council clarifies dumpster rules

QUINNESEC — The Norway City Council on Monday amended its garbage ordinance to clarify dumpster and compost site use is for residents, not commercial entities.

The new ordinance was first proposed June 17, with a second reading July 1. It will go into effect July 30. No citizens appeared for the public hearing on the change.

In other business, the council:

— Turned down an $9,500 offer by Norway resident Nancy Farley to buy lot 33 in the Norway Spring Subdivision. The lot is listed at $15,000. The council also approved listing lots 22, 29 and 34 for $15,000; lots 28, 30 and 32 for $10,000; and lot 26 for $8,000.

— Adopted the Michigan Local Agency Pavement Warranty Program, as required by the state legislature. The program is a standardized method local agencies can use if they opt to utilize state or federal funding for road paving projects of $2 million or more.

— Endorsed a letter of support written by City Manager Ray Anderson to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency backing the Dickinson County Healthcare System’s plan to pursue a $25 million federal loan.

— Authorized a $136,345.56 change order request by Slovenia-based Litostroj Hydro, Inc. for Unit 1 turbine modifications in the Sturgeon Falls Hydro Runner Replacement Project. The request accounts for equipment misalignment and cracks in a turbine shaft.

— Hired Midwest Asphalt and Gravel of Iron Mountain to apply a scratch course — a 1-inch layer of asphalt meant to smooth an existing surface — to 4,800 feet of Valley View Drive for $56,000. The scratch course is estimated to last five years, giving the city time to properly replace the entire road.

— Contracted Lake State Roofing of Iron Mountain to replace the roof of Norway City Hall for $55,672, plus $1.35 per square foot for decking replacement and $50 per hour for gutter and eave repairs.

— Approved having Teck Solutions replace the Norway Police Department’s Law Enforcement Information Network server at a cost of $1,742.

— Supported Canada-based Enbridge Inc.’s plans to construct a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac that would house the Line 5 crude oil and natural gas pipeline.