Road Commission looks at future needs, projects

By Peter Nocerini
IRON RIVER—Just as a monster snowstorm arrived in the area, the Iron County Road Commission was looking beyond that, discussing future road projects and equipment needs during its regular meeting Feb. 12.
    The first set of project bids will be awarded soon. Superintendent Doug Tomasoski reported bids for local road projects are due Feb. 20. They will be forwarded to the townships for their approval in late February or early March. After that, the Road Commission approves the bids and notifies contractors.
    The contractors, Tomasoski said, “are very tight with their schedules,” due to last summer’s state labor dispute, which led to 2018 projects being delayed to this year, along with work that still needs to be done in Houghton County after last year’s Father’s Day floods.
    Tomasoski said he has talked to both of Iron County’s major paving contractors, who have blocked off time for the delayed projects.
    ● Commissioners spent much of the meeting discussing bids for a tandem axle truck. No award was made—that will happen at a special meeting scheduled for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.
    Tomasoski said head mechanic Dean Stolberg will re-
view the bids, but the review has been delayed by more urgent duties—the series of recent snowstorms that has kept road crews hopping.
    Chairman Dan Germic said the commission’s equipment committee (Charles Battan and Sue Clisch) should also be involved in reviewing the bids. Either way, Tomasoski said, action on the bids needs to be taken before March.

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