2017-09-10 / News

City moves forward on ditch project on Elizabeth Street

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CITY OF MONTROSE – The Montrose City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7, for the purpose of expanding the ditching project on Elizabeth Street. The city council had already approved a bid contract with Heystek Construction to perform the work.

During the meeting, city mayor Colleen Brown explained that several residents of Elizabeth Street contacted their neighbor, councilwoman Deb Gross, about drainage issues that city officials were unaware of.

After learning about the problem, city manager Neil Rankin, Wade Trim Project Engineer Andrew Bisaha, Gross and Brown walked the area and made a list of additional issues that had to be addressed on the project. Since Heystek is still on site, it was most cost effective to call a special meeting of the council to approve the additional work.

Brown said, “The last thing we want to do is spend money working on a [project] and have residents still having a problem. We don’t want to do it half way. We want to do it right.”

A resident named Ralph asked about the adult foster home, pointing out that it doesn’t have a culvert. Brown explained the foster home doesn’t need a culvert, since it’s at the high point.

There was also mention of a sump pump that was connected to the ditch. Gross said, “We were not told about [the] sump pump.”

Gross mentioned the city has a jet system that had been used to clean out clogged pipes. Brown explained she talked with the city DPW; the jetting equipment they own can’t handle the clog in this situation. However, the city has an intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Chesaning. Chesaning has equipment the city needs to use in this case.

After talking with residents at the Sept. 7 meeting, the council agreed to extend the project, additional cost of $4,554.

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