Kingsford to buy new computers for city offices

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council on Monday approved $14,670 for new computers for City Hall, the public works building and the public safety building.

The price, from Tech Solutions in Iron Mountain, includes 10 computers plus labor, software and a government discount.

City Manager Anthony Edlebeck told the council the current computers can’t accommodate Windows 10, which the city’s computers will need to upgrade to in January.

In other business, the council:

— Learned from Edlebeck that Bacco Construction in Iron Mountain has completed milling on all the streets scheduled to be paved and paving is expected to be completed soon.

— Learned a final payment of $8,272 was made to MJ Electric in Iron Mountain on the back-up generator project for the public safety building, which included an additional $2,500 for pressure reducer valves. The total cost on the project was $60,222.

— Learned that five of the methane monitoring wells in the city are being abandoned because they have not recorded any activity. Four wells were abandoned earlier this year. The wells were being monitored by Arcadis of Michigan as part of a consent judgment with the state, Ford Motor Company and Kingsford Products Company. Since 1998, the companies have been cooperatively working to address issues associated with their historical operations in Kingsford, including disposal pits containing wood by-products that contributed to the generation of methane.

— Heard that Edlebeck met with union representatives to discuss changing insurance. They have until early December to make changes. The city’s current company, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has indicated they plan to increase premiums by 10 percent.

— Adopted a resolution of support for Giblets Inc. of Michigan to apply for a Class C and Specialty Designated Merchant liquor license for their business at 1417 W. Breen Ave.

— Heard that one deer has been taken in the city’s managed archery deer hunt so far. Seven people had applied for permits for the hunt.

— Learned Edlebeck has contacted a labor attorney to make changed in the employee handbook to reflect state law changes for time off.

— Was informed fall cleanup has begun, with leaf pickup now ongoing.