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Wakefield council hears updates on spillway gate


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THE WAKEFIELD City Council discusses an update on the spillway gate project at its meeting Monday evening. Pictured are members Joseph DelFavero, Richard Bolen and Bob Blaskowski and mayor Les Schneck. On the table in front of Schneck lays the lowering/raising handle from the spillway gate, which broke off early Monday morning.


Wakefield - The Wakefield City Council discussed updates on the spillway gate project at Sunday Lake during its meeting Monday evening.

"Because of extreme winter and substantial snow that the city has experienced, many have asked about the operation of the new spillway gate this spring," city manager John Siira said.

An on-site inspection of the spillway gate was conducted April 10, which led to lowering of the gate by a foot to release more water for spring melting capacity.

During an April 11 on-site conversation with Michigan Department of Natural Resources fish biologist George Madison, Siira reassured him the gate and lake level are being watched on a daily basis.

The council approved a two-year proposal from Coleman Engineering to complete the second half of the old U.S. 2 project, which includes an extension from the midpoint east to Chaney Lake Road and the resurfacing of Sunday Lake Street.

"Either we're going to do it right or not do it at all," member Bob Blaskowski said.

The estimated cost of the project is $59,700 - $8,000 for the design, $11,500 for construction and $40,200 for the local share of construction.

The city will pay the $8,000 design cost this fiscal year and the construction will take place in the 2015 construction season.

The council also authorized city attorney Mike Pope to prepare deeds to transfer ownership of a 10 foot portion of West Olson Avenue and two adjacent alleys to Martha Vestich and Terry Fetters.

It tabled Andrew Fetters' proposal to construct a new home on the Charles Street/Ashland Avenue block "until a more accurate description is available," member Joseph DelFavero said.

The council approved Erinn Corullo's request for a home occupation permit to operate a state-licensed daycare. After appropriate signatures are provided by the mayor and city clerk, the agreement will be executed, said Siira.

The council donated use of the Sunday Lake Pavilion to Gogebic County Community Mental Health for its annual "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" rally on May 28.

"They've had good events and always clean up the pavilion when the events are done," Siira said.

It also donated use of the pavilion to the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce for the North Country 100-Bicycle Tour on July 19.

The Gogebic Range Solid Waste Management Authority has received $350,000 in funds borrowed from the rural development budget and waste management has been paid in full, said Siira.

The city's Title VI Non-Discrimination plan has been approved by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The next meeting will be April 28.


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