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FEMA payouts approved for Clayberg Street work


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THIS PORTION of sidewalk on Clayberg Street, and drainage below, have been approved for repair reimbursement from FEMA, following flood damage this past spring.

BESSEMER — City Manager Michael Uskiewicz told Bessemer City Council Monday night that FEMA payouts for four small projects have been approved for up-front payment, including $2,306 to fix a sidewalk and drainage on Clayberg Street.

Another $6,922 will pay for labor and equipment used when dealing with flood issues this past spring. Altogether 11 projects were approved, with a total reimbursement from FEMA of $67,300. It is yet unclear what portion the state of Michigan will kick in toward repairs.

Constituents learned that construction on the Ethnic Commons Park on Mary Street will begin next week.

The council approved all six candidates for city council to be placed on the ballot: Al Gaiss, Bill McDonald, Linda Nelson, Douglas Olsen, August Semmerling, and Marlene Zaleski.

A variance request from Shawn Koski to place a home on his property in Bessemer at the location of his business was scheduled for a hearing at the next council meeting, September 3.

A proposed inspection of the Tilden tank was postponed until notification of award of a grant from Rural Development, as the grant could cover between 65 percent and 85 percent of the costs of inspection and repair.

Council member Linda Nelson said that the issue has been brought up countless times in the four years she has been on the council, and yet nothing has been done. “The last inspection was in 2007,” Nelson said.

“No one’s disputing that it needs to be done,” said Mayor John Frello. Although the water fund does have money, the inspection and repair of the tank are not in the budget. Frello said that the engineers from C2AE don’t think that a delay of six to eight months will cause any health problems.


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