Wakefield council meeting last night.
Written by Jesse Baroka on September 10, 2019
WAKEFIELD — City Manager Robert Brown’s report was perhaps the most newsworthy portion of a lightning-fast Wakefield City Council meeting Monday. Brown said discussions with Wakefield Township regarding water service to three neighborhoods abutting the city are advancing. He said there have been three breaks on a water line serving township customers on Zorich Road. The system in “Bingoville,” on the north side of the city, is causing problems and the neighborhood there was a water system that needs work. State officials are testing the area near the Bingo’s Garage site, adjacent to the bar and motel by the same name, for contamination. And there is a line serving township residents on Olson Road that requires attention. Brown said the plastic line serving Zorich Road would need to be replaced with a ductile iron line due to current regulations. All three projects could involve nearly 4,000 linear feet of new water lines, he said. The Sept. 3 lightning strike that rocked Wakefield and caused a brief power outage caused damage at the city substation, Brown said. The good news is that the equipment replacement there will cost only about $2,300 for the parts. The bigger issue is having to take part in the city electrical system, including lines serving Gogebic Medical Care Facility, out of service. Brown said work will be done as soon as possible, likely at night, to cause the smallest inconvenience. Other than that, the evening was devoted to routine business. The council agreed:
—To approve necessary documents to continue to provide trunkline maintenance on U.S. 2 on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
—Set an Oct. 14 hearing on the abandonment of a portion of Peters Street.
—Agreed to provide two camping certificates to the Bessemer Pumpkinfest for use as prizes.
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