Council OKs library project bid

ISHPEMING – The Ishpeming City Council approved a bid for phase two of the Ishpeming Carnegie Library handicap accessible project at its meeting Wednesday.

The bid was awarded to Premeau Construction for the amount of $124,235. Currently the library has $96,902 in funds for phase two leaving the library fund short by $27,333. Library Director John McNaughton asked the council to approve the library’s borrowing money needed to complete construction from the city’s public improvement fund based on the funding the library anticipates receiving in pledges this year.

“I want the money to be there before we start building. We can’t be building stuff with rubber checks,” said Mayor Mike Tall. “It sounds like everything is in order, but I want to make sure that is we’re $27,000 short, that we stop $27,000 short of completion.”

Pledged donations to the library are expect to come in over the next few years totaling $35,200. Pledges were made by the Betty Anderson Trust for $25,000, Ray Leverton for $1,000, Iron Range for $1,000, Pen Bank for $2,000, Ishpeming Federal Community Credit Union for $1,200, and Cleveland Cliffs for $5,000.

Councilwoman Claudia Demarest made a motion to award the bid to Premeau Construction and authorize the city manager to execute a construction contract subject to the city attorney’s review of $124,235 with $96,902 to come out of the library’s special funds and the balance of $27,333 to come out of the city’s public improvement fund to the extent that it’s necessary because addition contributions don’t cover that amount. Tall seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously. As pledge donations come in the funds will be used to repay the city’s public improvement fund.

Also at the meeting, the council unanimously approved a resolution for support for a trail proposal from the Trail Development Group, which is being formed by the Ishpeming City Planning Commission, U.P. North Country ATV group and the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority. The trail will allow access through town for ATVs.

The proposed resolution of support also states that the city of Ishpeming would not be responsible for trail development, construction and maintenance cost.

The council also approved the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority’s streetscape construction plans with the suggested conditions of the Ishpeming planning commissions recommendations of removing the sidewalks on the south side of Hematite Avenue and focusing on Bank Street between Main and First streets.

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