L'ANSE - Despite occasional complaints from village residents about water outages, L'Anse's water project is moving along smoothly and is actually a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.
The progress was announced at Monday's regular village council meeting by U.P. Engineers & Architects' project manager Jim Koskiniemi.
Koskiniemi also brought forward a $229,405.46 pay request for the water project, with $202,184.56 going to Danielson Contracting and $27,220.90 to UPEA. The council unanimously approved the request toward the project, which is covered under a $1,767,000 loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant and Loan Program.
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Culverts and pipes await installation on Meador Street in L’Anse Monday evening as part of the village’s water project.
"The project is moving along really well," Koskiniemi told the council. "We're actually two weeks ahead of schedule. We're hoping that (water tank on Dynamite Hill) will be painted this fall and beat the cold weather. If not, it'll have to wait until spring."
In addition to the work on the Dynamite Hill water tank, current work includes new hydrants and piping and culvert improvements in the low-pressure area on the north end of town off Meador Street, and new pipe at the water plant along Bay Shore Drive.
"It's ahead of schedule, which is awesome, but we just have to make sure everything keeps going," village manager Bob LaFave said after the meeting.
In other business, the council:
approved a Michigan State Housing Development Authority fair housing resolution saying the village "shall not discriminate in the sale, rental, leasing or financing of housing because of religion, race, color, gender, physical or mental disabilities, national origin, age, height, weight, familial status or marital status." The resolution also said the village will assist with all persons who feel they have been discriminated against.
approved Ordinance No. 260, which is an amendment to Ordinance No. 177, the Village of L'Anse Water Ordinance. The new ordinance requires all buildings and residences to be connected to the village water system, and prohibits the use of private water supplies and wells (except for any private water supply system which is currently in place and operational).
"Our old ordinance said if you were more than 200 feet away from the line you did not have to connect to it, and this ordinance does not allow you to do that," council member Leann Davis said.
heard from Department of Public Works Director Scott Lloyd. He also noted the water project is going well, but in unrelated comments, he expressed concern to the council about lack of street numbers on residents' houses, and stray cats in the village. The council took no action on either issue.