Negaunee City Council to consider televising water infrastructure

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council will consider a proposal to televise a portion of the city’s sewer system on U.S. 41 during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Negaunee Senior Center.

The proposal, if approved, will allow the city to enter into an agreement with Tri Media Consultants for an amount not to exceed $14,298 to evaluate a portion of the city’s wastewater and storm drain system with a remotely operated camera in preparation for possible water system upgrades and repairs.

The infrastructure project, which includes water main connections through the U.S. 41 rock cut to allow looped water connections for the Chippewa — Iroquois Court neighborhood as well as the installation of water hydrants on the north side of U.S. 41 between Baldwin and Croix streets, is being planned in conjunction with an upcoming Michigan Department of Transportation mill and overlay project slated to begin later this year.

The city must report any project needs to MDOT by mid-July, according to the agenda supplement.

New council member Nick Visser will attend his first meeting after the council voted 5 to 1 to select him fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Martin Saari in November.

Visser, a former member of the council and owner of the Negaunee Cable Company, was one of three individuals applying for the position.

Former Board of Review member Gary Sjolund and former city council member Mike Van Straten were interviewed along with Visser at a special meeting last week.

Visser will hold the position until the next regular election in November, according to the city charter.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is