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Voter building demolition to be considered

MARQUETTE — Disposing of the former voter registration building across from city hall will be consided by the Negaunee City Council during its regular meeting at the Negaunee Senior Center at 7 p.m. Thursday.

If approved by the council, the measure would allow city staff to advertise for for sealed bids to demolish the structure before June 1 due to weight restrictions.

According to an agenda supplement the city has no use for the the 20-foot-by-30-foot building, and would use the parcel where it is located for parking in the near future. The city could also consider using the site to build a police garage and storage building, the supplement states.

The council will also consider a resolution which would allow the city manager to apply for a Local Agency Bridge Program Grant for preventative maintenance on the portion of County Road 492 that spans the Carp River.

The cost for the preventative maintenance on the structure is estimated at $77,000, and up to $73,150 could be eligible for state or federal grant funding in fiscal year 2021, the agenda supplement states.

According to the application narrative included with the agenda supplement, the 40-foot steel stringer bridge was constructed in 1932, and other than an overlay in 2000, no other maintenance has been reported.

The bridge provides access to, among other things, the Negaunee Cemetery, Negaunee Iron and Metal and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum.

The proposed preventative maintenance would include painting the steel stringers — parallel steel beams supporting the bridge deck; minor patching of the concrete abutments — the substructure at the ends of a bridge span where the structure’s superstructure rests or contacts; adding deck drain extensions; replacing substandard guardrail; and adding compacted gravel to the existing gravel shoulders, according to the narrative.

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission will also make a presentation about the city’s capital improvement plan during the meeting.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.