Montreal council to borrow for water infrastructure project


October 9, 2019

Kim E. Strom/Daily Globe

Ian Shackleford, with the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiast presents a map of the area that ICORE wishes to purchase with the help of a grant from the Gogebic Range Health Foundation. The Montreal Common Council approved a letter of support for the grant at Tuesday's regular meeting.


Montreal - The city of Montreal adopted a resolution to borrow $130,000 from the state of Wisconsin's trust fund to finance a water infrastructure project at Tuesday's regular meeting of the common council.

The loan would be payable in 10 years from March 2020 at a rate of 3.2% annual interest. The funds will be used to repair Well No. 5 and Well No. 3, and for injection port and tower mixer repair and engineering costs. If there are remaining funds, they will be put toward the principal of the loan, said Mayor Erik Guenard.

"The intent is to create better quality and reliable water," he said. "This is exciting."

The city plans on using funds from the selling water to the city of Hurley to make the loan payments.

In other business, the council:

-Approved a letter of support for an Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts grant application to purchase 2.9 miles of the railroad grade from Canadian National Railway of Duluth. ICORE plans to extend an existing non-motorized trail from Hurley to Montreal and is seeking a $20,000 grant from the Gogebic Range Health Foundation as part of the effort.

In other action, the board:

-Heard a public comment regarding the condition of the city's roads, including suggestions the city explore grant opportunities or making the issue a referendum topic.

-Set Halloween Treat or Treat hours for 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31.

-Scheduled a budget workshop meeting for Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

-Extended fall cleanup days to the end of the month, weather permitting.

-Heard the city foreman's report on repairs done in the city - including fixing a plugged sewer and a water main break. City employees also fixed a pump in the water plant, flushed hydrants, cleaned culverts, completed waste water testing and prepared the snowplows for winter snow removal.

-Agreed to donate $50 to the Spooky Trail Halloween event for the children.


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