CASPIAN— A new public works department building may be in the cards for the city of Caspian, after a move by the City Commission at its Nov. 7 meeting.
GEI Consultants’ Mark Stoor was given the go-ahead to look further into the concept and bring a proposal back to the board. Although there is no grant money available, there is a possibility of what City Manager John Stokoski called “an incredibly low interest rate” on a Rural Development loan.
Stokoski added that he had looked at a site near the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Hall for the proposed 60-by-80-foot building. The building, which Stoor said would be comparable to Iron River’s water department building, cost roughly $350,000 and include a small office and one restroom.
Though Commissioner Gary Sabol wanted to hold off on any decisions until Mayor Mark Stauber is present, the commission saw no harm in getting the proposal. Stoor added that GEI would assist with a community facilities loan application at no cost to the city and no further commitment to rural development.
The commission approved a change order in the amount of $1,015.88 to GEI, which Stoor said would reflect actual materials used on the rural development sewer project. Also approved was the 14th pay application for the project for $161,592.38 to Smith Paving and $21,225.43 to GEI. Stoor reminded the commission that no payment would be released to the main contractor until lien waivers were up to date.
The sewer project was considered substantially completed on Oct. 31. It will be complete after clean-up and line televising is done.
Two bids were received for a new plow/dump truck: $161,499 from Schultz Equipment and $155,489 from Peterbilt. The quotes and specifics of the two trucks were turned over to public works manager Tony Tomasoski for review, with a purchase decision expected by the December meeting.
A lease agreement between the city of Caspian and the Western U.P. Michigan Works agency was approved with insurance and liability revisions made by attorney Steve Polich. Monthly rent of $850 was not increased. It was added to the agreement, which will be good for two years.
A land purchase request was tabled pending commission review. The property, at the end of Third Street and east of the water tower, was checked for easements and gas lines but may include an alley.
Polich reported on an agreement concerning sewer flow that was recently submitted, as required by the Department of Environmental Quality. The agreement, according to Polich, verifies that city sewer flows comply with sewer authority limitations.
Commissioners thanked voters for their support in the recent election, noting that 392 of 626 registered voters showed up at the polls.