Wakefield council voted to authorize U.P. Engineers and Architects, with a water management plan

Written by on April 24, 2019

WAKEFIELD – At last nights Wakefield City Council meeting The Wakefield council voted to authorize U.P. Engineers and Architects, Inc., based in Ishpeming, to explore options in creating a water asset management plan.  Matthew Treado, civil engineer with the UPEA, told the council before the vote that such a plan would organize water and sewer improvements over the coming years while also addressing requirements of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality.  By submitting such a plan for DEQ approval, Treado said his firm then could seek funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, after which the city council would be consulted again.  Treado said UPEA already has “a huge head start” on assessing the city’ needs because it has records of a study it did on the city system in 1999.  Treado said he must submit his report to the DEQ by May 31.  Also last night the council -Voted to approve budget amendments in relation to (a) a new loader, now delivered, purchased for $213,600; (b) $15,500 to cover the costs of honoring the contract of former city manager Richard Brackney, whose final weeks of employment are overlapping with Brown’s initial weeks on the job; and (c) $43,000 to cover expenses of snow management on major and local streets due to “abnormal snowfall and other winter conditions.”

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