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Kingsford to seek bids on Pyle Drive project

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council gave approval this week to seek bids for cold milling and paving on Pyle Drive from Westwood Avenue to Evergreen Court.

City Manager Anthony Edlebeck said he tried for several years to secure a grant to pay for the paving but has been unsuccessful. He said if they waited any longer, it would be too long.

The bid proposal will specify that the work will have to be completed before the school year starts. If it can’t be completed by then, work would be done on weekends so not to disrupt operations at Woodland Elementary School, where the road passes in front.

In other business, the council:

— Agreed to use $50,000 from the city’s Land Acquisition Fund to purchase 5.47 acres of land on North Pyle Drive from Carol Bergstrom of Green Bay, Wis., to be sold for residential single-family homes. Edlebeck said about seven homes could be constructed to accommodate house sizes of 1,450 square feet minimum in size. The lots will average 0.7 acres in size. Once lots are purchased from the city, there would be requirements on how soon a home would have to be constructed.

— Approved hiring Dixon Engineering Inc. of Lake Odessa to inspect the interior and exterior painting on the city’s two water tanks. The cost will be $7,500. The board also agreed to seek bids for cleaning the exterior of the tanks.

— Will proceed with scheduling interviews with potential candidates for the city manager position.

— Hired one person for the public works department.

— Learned a larger drop box had been installed outside City Hall to accommodate tax bills and absentee votes.

— Denied a request to allow the filling of pools under the city’s new water only meter ordinance. Edlebeck said he receives about 10 requests a year to fill pools. Some council members said that since the water from the pools would be draining into the sewers, they should be charged for sewer use. A new ordinance allows homeowners to request a water only meter to be used for irrigation systems.

— Learned that about 700 voters have requested absentee ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election. Edlebeck reported that $3,500 in federal CARES Act money could be used to make voting safer for the election workers.

— Approved the sale of two residential lots for $6,500.

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