By DAVID GREEN
Morenci city council voted Monday to seek bids for the construction of sidewalks along Page Street—trying for the second time to get bids for the work.
A sidewalk repair and installation effort has been underway for years and has now reached Page Street where few walks exist. Some property owners have installed sidewalks, but six properties are still without walks.
Owners have the option of making arrangements to have the work done and receiving a reimbursement from the City of $7 per running foot. Property owners have until July 8 to state their intent to have the work done. Otherwise, the City will hire a contractor to do the work and the property owner will be charged for the entire cost. The cost will be paid via a special assessment that will be spread over a five-year period at six percent interest.
Letters will be sent to property owners informing them of the deadline. Bids for the work must be received by July 29. When bids for the work were sought last fall, no response was received.
The six walks to be constructed range in length from 72 feet to 96 feet. Walks must be four feet wide and at least four inches deep, except over drives where a six-inch depth is required.
STAFF—City council voted unanimously to hire a new part-time police officer and an accounts payable/payroll clerk.
Frank Nadeau of Monroe will fill a vacant slot on the police force, however, another opening was created when part-time officer George Truchan recently submitted a letter of resignation.
Nadeau comes with strong recommendations from previous employers, said Morenci police chief Mike Creswell. He is described as having good “people skills” and looks forward to working in a smaller community.
Council also voted to hire Sarah Smiley of Adrian for the part-time accounting position. Smiley, one of 16 applicants for the job, handled financial matters for OmniSource for 13 years and currently works for United Bank and Trust.
She will work two eight-hour days a week plus filling in for other employees when needed.
AMENDMENTS—Council approved several budget amendments to close out the 2013-14 fiscal year. Funds were shifted among accounts to balance the budget.
FIRE—Council approved the purchase of four sets of turn-out gear for the fire department at a cost of $2,367 each.
EQUIPMENT—Council voted to borrow $20,000 from the City’s water improvement fund to serve as “seed money” for the equipment fund that is now separate from the general fund.
The equipment fund will pay for repairs of equipment, including salaries of city employees when in-house repair work is done.
CANDIDATE—Council heard a brief talk by Mike Slusarski who is seeking a seat on the Lenawee County Road Commission. He is a partner in a family road building and construction business.