Negaunee City Council to consider ‘let-run’ policy

NEGAUNEE – The Negaunee City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Negaunee Senior Center to consider applying the city’s let-run policy, which would allow City Manager Jeff Thornton to put water customers – whose water pipes and mains have required multiple thaws – on let-runs.

According to the council’s agenda, “Record temperatures have been affecting our area and the frost is reported to be at least 80 inches into the ground.” If the council adopts the city’s 2007 “Let Run Charges Policy,” Thornton would have the authority to approve let-runs for any water customer.

Customers put on let-run will be charged “normal and customary usage,” defined as three representative months, to be chosen by Thornton. The policy also stipulates that if the cause of the freeze is determined to be between the shut-off valve and the property, or is on or under private property, the city manager can charge an additional 25 percent on top of the normal and customary usage.

The council will also hold the second reading and public hearing for the city’s proposed rural residential, billboard, special land uses and signs ordinances. The rural residential and special land uses ordinances would modify the city’s existing ordinances to allow different building and code requirements for people whose property is in a more rural location.

The billboard and signs ordinances would modify the location, type and size of signs that can be displayed in the city.

Additionally, the council will consider a change order to reduce the cost of the wastewater transmission project by $1,600 and a U.S. Department of Agriculture draw request for the same project in the amount of about $237,000.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.