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Water tank upgrade for L’Anse village

September 25, 2012
By STEPHEN ANDERSON - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

L'ANSE - As the village of L'Anse's water project progresses and winter inches closer, work will be starting soon on a key water tank on Dynamite Hill.

The 200,000-gallon tank will be shut down for up to 30 days starting next week for scraping, painting and general maintenance that was deemed long overdue by the village council.

"This is work that absolutely has to be done, and that tank probably needed that work done 20 years ago," village manager Bob LaFave said during the meeting.

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The village of L’Anse’s water tank on Dynamite Hill will undergo some much-needed maintenance starting in about a week that will last for up to 30 days. Construction crews will work seven days a week to get the project done as fast as possible and restore the tank back to the water distribution system.

He added crews will be coordinating with the water plant to ensure pressure is maintained on the system, since the tank will need to be drained. In case of a fire on the eastern side of town, the fire department will need to contact water plant employees immediately to get adequate water for fire suppression, or call on Baraga for help.

Jim Koskiniemi, project manager from U.P. Engineers & Architects updated the council on overall water projects, noting that work should begin this week on the Dynamite Hill tank.

"All the distribution work will be done this week and the plant work has started," said Koskiniemi, who brought a draw request, a change order and an engineering amendment before the council.

The fourth draw request through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program totaled $432,998.73, including $394,162.64 for contractor Danielson Contracting and $38,836.09 for UPEA.

The change order actually calls for a reduction of $35,482.40 based off unused items and some water pipes being in better shape than expected as revealed during construction.

"What we're hoping to do with whatever money is left at the end of the project, if there is, is to look around and pick out some critical valves that we can use this money to replace," Koskiniemi said, referencing an ongoing problem the village has had with old valves (such as the Sept. 10 water main break).

The engineering amendment was for $22,844 to UPEA to accommodate some of the changes to the project, but with the change order, the village overall saw a reduction in expected expenses.

In other business, the council:

approved a 2012-13 fiscal year policies and fees schedule packet, which will be posted soon to the village website,

The 48-page packet includes contact information for village officials, rates for various village departments, marina information, building permit details, cemetery information, a variety of forms (application for utility service, for example), policies, agreements and information on equipment rentals through the village.

The motion to approve the packet also included approval of a policy that gives retired firefighters $4 per month for as long as they've been with the department. The previous policy called for $2 per month.

acknowledged the new playground equipment at the L'Anse Waterfront Park is now open for use after wood chips were installed Monday. Amanda Rinkinen's eighth-grade class from L'Anse Area Schools planned the project and helped put the equipment together Sept. 15.

"The park is officially open," village president Cheryl Dingeldey said. "A lot of hard work was done there, and it was nice to see all the volunteers come out."



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