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Ottawa Lake Project pushed back to 2021

IRON RIVER — The Iron County Road Commission held its monthly meeting on May 12. The meeting was held in the Road Commission’s office vehicle garage/parking lot with social distancing.
    As is common across the board during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICRC faces much uncertainty in the near future, Superintendent Doug Tomasoski said, One of projects to be affected is the Ottawa Lake Project, which will now be pushed back to 2021 due to concerns of revenue for match.
    Tomasoski reported other items from the meeting. He said the Road Commission:
    -is continuing the process for millage renewal
-is preparing an update of its COVID preparedness plan
-the board authorized expenditure for repair of Bates-Amasa Rd/Paint River bridge guardrail by Action Traffic Maintenance ($3,500)
-will be advertising for bids on ice control sand for the upcoming winter with an option for up to two one-year renewals
-is waiting to hear from the Road Commission for Oakland County concerning federal aid exchange – the delay in obligation of the RCOC project is due to slowdown in project revenues at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
-the pre-construction meeting is tentatively scheduled for the two CR-424 projects
-the summer employment program is still on hold due to uncertainty of funding
-the regional task force meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 3, to be conducted electronically
-season road restrictions began to be lifted on May 12. As of May 22, all county road restrictions have been lifted except:
-Baker Road
    -Deer Lake Road
    -University Road
    -Vinnedge Road
    -West James Lake Road
    Finally, Tomasoski said the Road Commission’s operations continue under the COVID modifications - office and garages are closed to the public, while full crew operations are ongoing.