CASPIAN—The Caspian City Commission has approved payment for work completed on its Rural Development sewer improvement project, with some discussion over a third party contractor issue.
At its Dec. 14 regular meeting, Mark Stoor of GEI Consultants reported there was enough grant money remaining to allow some purchases of equipment by the West Iron County Sewer Authority in conjunction with the project.
The city has withheld approximately $21,000, subject to payment by Smith Paving to WICSA.
Regarding the Michigan Economic Development Corporation water project, Stoor said work at the tank and well house has been done, and the fire siren has been turned on. A problem with the generator has been corrected, and some adjustments have been made. Restoration work will be completed in the spring.
in his report, Caspian-Gaastra Public Safety Officer J.B. Allen noted a problem last month with the theft of Christmas decorations from residents’ yards.
He said it was not just a problem in Caspian and Gaastra, but in other areas, as well. His report noted a total number of 35 complaints made to the department in November, with 366 miles put on the vehicle. Twelve traffic stops were reported, with eight warnings and six tickets issued.
Six misdemeanor arrests were made by the department in November.
--The city commission approved paying the city insurance premium.
--Attorney Steve Polich explained a request to grant an easement for property across the street from Aramark, so a parking lot can be improved by the DDA.
Caspian would get the land back, then convey the easement to Aramark. The DDA will pay for the improvements. The commission approved the action.
In his city manager’s report, John Stokoski said the beaver dams on the Iron River were removed, with the work done by Dave Thomas’s Lawn and Snow.
He said he has heard good comments about city hall’s parking lot paving project. The cost came in below the estimate and allowed patching on Axle Drive.
The commission will include two new faces, beginning in January.
Tony Dallavalle and Jody Menghini will replace Joe Sabol and David Medovich on the board.
The commissioners thanked Sabol for 39 years service to the city, and presented him with a plaque and a cake.