By Kendra Hennis
The meeting of the Tuscola City Council was called to order on Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. with all members present.
Following approval of the consent agenda, Mayor Dan Kleiss gave his report to the board. He sent a big thank you to Jordan Baird, Tuscola resident and former ICU nurse, who was recently in a situation in which he helped save a man’s life. Baird responded to a man who was having cardiac arrest outside of his home last week. Baird assisted with providing him with CPR until paramedics arrived and revived him. Kleiss noted that it was a miracle that Baird was in the right place at the right time and responded, and said that he was thankful all involved are now okay.
City Administrator Drew Hoel then gave his report to the board. He noted that upgrades continue at the Sadorus pump station, with pumps 2 and 3 being completely replaced. He said that pump 1 was to be replaced this week. Hoel stated that the pump station has been on and off bypass repeatedly during this transition, and that we have been managing water levels and flows during those times on bypass when we are unable to pump. He noted that the new SCADA instrumentation and controls are being installed, programmed and tested at the same time as the new hardware. Hoel ended by stating that Justin Smith has done an exceptional job of managing these conditions and that we have not experienced periods of low water levels or pressures.
The council also approved a Professional Service Agreement (PSA) with Milano and & Grunloh for Meadowview Water Main Engineering in the amount of $100,000. As announced at the last meeting, the City of Tuscola was awarded a $550,000 grant for the replacement of water mains in Meadowview Subdivision. This cost includes design engineering for an estimated fee of $55,000 and construction engineering for an estimated fee of $45,000. Currently, they are anticipating a late winter bid opening on the progract and Spring 2023 construction. The interim months will be used for final design and permitting. With this, the council approved a PSA with Milano & Grunloh for grant administration in the amount of $30,000. It was explained that his amount covers grant administration, which is necessary for complying with the specific provisions of the CDBG grant.
The council also:
* Approve the minutes of the June 13 previous minutes.
* Approved the May 2022 financial report.
* Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $177,017.40.
* Approved a pay request from Donohue & Associates for Joint Agency Water Line Engineering in the amount of $12,624.88.
* Approved a pay request from Beniach Construction for Progress Blvd. Extension in the amount of $46,578.71. This includes final adjustments for quantities, and it also includes the addition of pavement striping. It was noted that there were additional quantities of striping beyond the estimate that represent an increased cost of $1,500.
* Approved a pay request from B & T Drainage for Joint Water Agency Water Main in the amount of $81,214.01.
* Approved a pay request from B & T Drainage for Joint Water Agency Valve Installation.
* Approved a request to conduct fundraising for Kiwanis Kids Days Collection on October 28-29, 2022.
* Approved a Community Building lease with alcohol for Friends of the NRA Banquet on July 10-11, 2022.
* Approved a Community Building lease with alcohol for Beth Rutledge for wedding reception July 22-24, 2022.
* Approved street closure for Rally Point Fitness Veterans’ Event on August 27, 2022.
* Approved a PSA with Clark Dietz for General Engineering Consulting Service. It was explained that as part of the Capital Improvements Planning effort that was approved last year, the city has identified the need to conduct a more formal assessment of sidewalk conditions. This will help them prioritize repairs and plan for annual improvement budgets. Clark Dietz Engineers has assigned an intern to conduct the assessment and record findings, then they will prepare condition maps and a formal report for the city’s later use. The estimated cost of the effort is $5,000, which is within already budgeted amounts.
* Approved a right-of-way License Agreement for TCUSD#301 electric line. It was noted that as part of the renovations being made at the schools, the contractor is planning to upgrade the large transformers and electrical service on the west side of the high school, near the back circle drive. Ameren will be relocating the overhead service underground, which means it will come under Van Allen Street. The new line will be considered a service connection, making it to the school districts and not Ameren‘s. In similar instances in the past, the city has granted a right-of-way license to the private property owner (the school district, in this instance) to allow the use of the right-of-way and to memorialize that for future references, JULIE locates, ect.
* Noted that the annual appropriations ordinance has been drafted and is available for public review at City Hall. A public hearing will be held prior to the July 11 city council meeting.
* Approved adjourning until the July 11, 2022 city council meeting.