Negaunee City Council to consider ordinance updates, resolutions

MARQUETTE — The Negaunee City Council will hold a public hearing prior to the second reading of amendments to its water and sewer ordinances at 7 p.m. tonight at the Negaunee Senior Center.

The council will also consider an authorizing resolution related to an $830,000 Community Development Block Grant application for building upgrades to the senior center. According to the resolution the city will commit $83,000, a 10 percent match, out of its general fund for the project.

Bids for the Brown Avenue sewer project will also be considered by the council. Three bids ranging from $588,000 to $721,000 were received for work, which includes the replacement of about 1,400 feet of sanitary sewer main, laterals and manholes from Main Street to Cherry Street.

Councilors will also consider appointments to its Downtown Development Authority Citizens Council, hear an update on the DDA’s proposed development plan and tax increment financing plan, and setting a public hearing on July 18 as per a recommendation detailed in an April 4 letter from City Manager Nate Heffron to the council.

Elements of the development plan include; improving the appearance of the district through installation of streetscape; working with property owners to improve the use, appearance and preservation of their buildings; linking downtown with the city and regional natural resources such as the Iron Ore Heritage Trail and city-owned properties downtown; and implementing a TIF plan that helps fund those activities.

A resolution related to a Michigan Department of Transportation Local Agency Bridge Program grant for preventative maintenance on the Carp River Bridge will also be considered.

The projected cost for the work is expected to be $77,000, with the grant, if awarded, funding 95 percent of the cost. The remainder of will come from the city’s Road Millage Fund and Culvert Fund.

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