Algonac City Council approves ARPA funds for fire equipment – ​​The Voice

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At the Algonac Town Council meeting on July 5, members discussed a variety of topics including county funding for fire department equipment, street projects, repairs and more.

“St. Clair County Commissioner Dave Vandenbossche has offered the Town of Algonac the opportunity to benefit from American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 economic stimulus funds recently received by St. Clair County,” said Mayor Terry Stoneburner, “Funding is being made available to district public safety agencies for equipment to improve communications and other related equipment. The city has received up to $15,000.”

She said Fire Chief Joe Doan requested several items that would be reimbursable under the funding program, including noise-cancelling headsets for fireboat and fire engine operations, onboard portable radios and battery chargers, a firecom interface system for fireboat helmets. , spare portable radio batteries, station charging system for portable radios and batteries, stub antennas for portable radio units, dispatch radio console for station radio, Stihl MS 251 chainsaws and spare blades and installation of radio equipment in devices.

“As each project is completed, the city will submit a billing request to St. Clair County for reimbursement,” Stoneburner said.

Council Member Rocky Gillis introduced a motion to accept ARPA of 2021 economic stimulus funds of up to $15,000 from St. Clair County; to approve the purchase of communications equipment from Spectrum Wireless in the amount of $10,956.73, and to approve the purchase of chainsaws from Zimmer’s Sales & Service in the amount of $751.96 in the total amount of $11,708 $.69, and order the City Manager to sign the contract on behalf of the City.

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Bembas noted there would be $3,292 in allocated funds that the city would not use.

“Leaving money on the table is my only concern,” he said, noting that he had seen an automatic CPR machine online and that it could be purchased if needed.

The board approved the motion unanimously.

Street projects

The Board unanimously approved a motion to approve the Professional Design Engineering Services Proposal for the Golfview Avenue Watermain and Roadway Replacement by Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. at the amount of $57,500 and to order the City Manager to sign the proposal on behalf of the City.

“Golfview is the next priority of the proposed infrastructure improvement project based on the age of the water main, the frequency of water main breaks and the poor condition of the existing pavement,” Stoneburner said. . “As part of the 2021 road assessment effort (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating Study), the referenced section of Golfview Avenue had a PASER rating of 2. The PASER system rates the surface condition of a a causeway from 1, which is failed, to 10, which is excellent. A rating of 2 is classified as poor and the recommended method of repair is a complete pavement reconstruction.

She said the city received a PASER 2021 scorecard created by HRC at no cost to the city, as HRC received a grant for the project on behalf of the city.

“This project will include the removal and replacement of deteriorated asphalt pavement and the complete replacement of the aging water main using pipe bursting technologies,” Stoneburner said.

The project will extend from Mill Street to the western limits of the city.

Stoneburner noted that HRC has also submitted a grant application to the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Economic Development for a $250,000 Category B Transportation Economic Development Funding Opportunity, which can only be used for costs. of construction.

She said $80,000 has been budgeted for the 2022-23 fiscal year for the engineering of the Golfview Avenue project and construction is expected to begin in May 2023, but that will depend on the availability of grant funds and construction costs. next year.

The Board also unanimously approved a motion to approve the Preliminary Design Engineering Services Proposal for the North Avenue, Elm Street and Chestnut Street Pavement Rehabilitation by HRC in the amount of $7,200 and to direct the city ​​manager to sign the proposal on behalf of the city.

“North Avenue, Elm Street and Chestnut Street are the next proposed pavement rehabilitation projects based on the age and poor condition of the existing pavement,” Stoneburner said.

She noted that the referenced sections of the roadway also had a PASER rating of 2.

“The scope of this project will depend on the results of the ground soundings, pavement core extractions and geotechnical investigation,” she said.

She said $8,000 has been budgeted for the 2022-23 fiscal year for preliminary design engineering and construction is expected in 2024-25, depending on the availability of funds and construction costs.

Repairs, more

The board also discussed repairing a few items.

“As part of the Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater Grant, Doetsch Environmental Services cleaned and televised sewers throughout the city,” Stoneburner said. “And due to significant drainage issues, Lathrup was one of the first streets to be televised. The existing corrugated iron storm sewers on Lathrup drain below river level into the channel along Lathrup.”

She said the drain pipe near 450 Lathrup Street had completely failed.

“The pipe has collapsed and is filled with sand,” she said. “There is so much sand and debris that it is impossible to clean them. The drainage structure near the road is also compromised.

The storm drain near 505 Lathrup Street has several holes and is full of sand. The outlet end of the hose is in the canal/boat port and is underwater, filled with sand.

Near 517 Lathrup Street, the pipe is full of sand and the outlet side of the pipe is partially buried in the dock.

Council Member Jacob Skarbek moved a motion to approve the proposal for Professional Design Engineering Services for the repair of the storm sewers on Lathrup Street by HRC for an amount not to exceed $12,500 and request the City Manager to sign the contract on behalf of the city, which was approved unanimously.

The board also unanimously approved a motion to approve repairs to water quality monitoring equipment at the water treatment plant by Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc. in the amount of $1,820.

“A recent check of the water quality probe that monitors incoming water quality revealed that the center wiper needed to be replaced,” Stoneburner said. “A probe is a sensor capable of monitoring temperature, pH, turbidity, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. This monitor is three months overdue and we need to order it quickly. »

A motion to approve payment to DeLude Construction Inc. for emergency water main repairs at 1207 St. Clair Blvd. in the amount of $2,462.50 was also approved unanimously.

“On June 16, 2021, (the Department of Public Works) was contacted regarding water coming out of the ground near the stop box at 1207 St. Clair Blvd.,” Stoneburner said. “The water stop box is a small metal box located outdoors between the main water line and the home or business. It is usually located near the sidewalk. It is used to shut off the water to the property. DeLude Construction was contacted to make the repairs.

The board also unanimously approved a motion to approve payment to Bill McDonald Ford for the repair of the 2013 DPW F250 in the amount of $2,055.26.

“This truck needed air conditioning repairs and a new windshield,” Stoneburner said. “The air conditioner was leaking freon inside the truck and the windshield was leaking behind the dash. Bill McDonald Ford completed the repairs.

In addition, the council approved a motion to approve the replacement of the programmable logic controller panel in the water plant’s raw water pump station by UIS Scada for an amount of $14,975; a motion to approve the payment of voter ID card postage by Printing Systems Inc. in the amount of $1,023.71, and a motion to approve the purchase of road salt for the 2022-2023 season from Detroit Salt Co. for $11,192.50.

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