February 21, 2020

Grant application for iron removal plant and additional well approved at City Council meeting

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WEST BRANCH— The application for a grant for an iron removal plant and an additional well was one of the items discussed at the West Branch City Council meeting Monday Jan. 6. 

The application is in response to the DEQ tightening the regulations for water quality. The cost for the new structures is estimated to be $1.5 million, 90 percent of which would be covered by the grant. The city would have to pay the remaining $150,000 for the construction of the structures. The city will also have to pay $10,000 for the grant application and engineering report. The proposed location of the new structures will be behind the Brook retirement home and will not include expanding or replacing the existing water main.

The council also voted unanimously to accept the resignation of councilman Dan Weiler who has stepped down for personal reasons. The council has 30 days to fill the vacancy.

There was also a vote to approve an event permit for the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Walk for Warmth which will be held Feb. 15. The event  will raise awareness of low income, elderly and disabled residents who have difficulty paying their utility bills. There will be a walk and a virtual event online in which people can select which county they reside in and the donations will be applied to the specific county. The council voted unanimously to approve the permit.

Another item on the agenda was recognizing a letter the city sent to the Knights of Columbus for their assistance to the fire at the Brook retirement home Saturday Dec. 28 at 11pm.

The council commended the KOC for their assistance in the emergency. “As I looked into it this was the second time that the Knights have done this involving an emergency at the Brook, said City Manager Frank Goodroe. “They really came to the rescue of the elderly patients.”

Another matter approved was an upgrade to the computers at City Hall and the appointment of councilman Mike Jackson as Mayor Pro Tem.

Additional items approved were an updated wastewater treatment plan agreement with Ogemaw Twp. and West Branch Twp, the scheduling of a joint meeting with the planning commision and DDA at 6:00 pm Feb. 3, and voting for the authorization of area banks.

The banks the committee voted to authorize were: Chemical Bank, Mercantile Bank, Huron Community Bank and Northland Area Federal Credit Union.

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