Breitung Township forwards bids to county road commission

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board on Monday forwarded to the Dickinson County Road Commission two bids for paving an East Kingsford street.

The board recommended the Bacco Construction Company of Iron Mountain, who bid $16,040 to repave Maple Street, be awarded the project.

The township had accepted a bid by Midwest Asphalt and Gravel Inc. of Iron Mountain in October to pave one lane of Maple Street, but later decided to repave both lanes of the street. The road commission, which will bear part of the project cost, then requested new project bids.

Midwest bid $24,175 for the new project.

In other business, the board:

— Paid $7,760 to Morin Excavating of Niagara, Wis., for work done on the Maple Street project, including utility installation, curb repair and soil restoration.

— Authorized Assessor Michael Gillett and Assessing Assistant Abbey Taylor to attend the Upper Peninsula Assessor’s Association Fall School in Harris, Michigan, on Aug. 27-28. School fees, lodging, mileage and meals are included.

— Permitted Superintendent Steve Mulka and Department of Public Works Superintendent Guy Forstrom to attend a supervisor training program hosted by the Dickinson County Healthcare System on Oct. 22 at the Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.

— Allowed DPW Superintendent Forstrom to attend the 43rd annual Upper Peninsula Water Works Fall Institute on Sept. 24-25 in Harris. The conference cost is $170. Forstrom either can use a DPW vehicle for transport or be paid mileage for the trip.

— Paid $295 for an advertisement with the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce to be part of a Dickinson County map that has up-to-date roads, attractions and local economic statistics.

— Agreed to buy tickets for board members to attend a luncheon with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the U.P. State Fair on Thursday. The cost is $20 per person, which also covers admission into the fairgrounds.

— Considered ordinance revisions that would codify property maintenance fines for weeds and grass more than 10 inches high, among other things.

— Will discuss hiring a full-time Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department deputy to act as Breitung Township code enforcement officer.

— Will host the Dickinson County Township Association at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Quinnesec Township Hall. State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, is set to speak at the meeting.

— Tabled a discussion on selling acreage in the Breitung Township industrial park on U.S. 2 and Oelke Drive. Two parties have proposed plans to build there. The board will consider both proposals in time for the Aug. 26 board meeting.

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