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Baraga County tables parking lot repaving

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The Baraga County Board tabled a repaving of the sheriff’s office and jail parking lots to get more information on the planned work.

L’ANSE — A decision on who will pave the parking lot of the Baraga County Sheriff’s Department and jail will wait while county commissioners get more information.

Two companies submitted bids for the project. The Payne & Dolan bid came in at $79,200, while Bacco Construction’s was slightly higher at $80,000.

Both plans call for removing the existing asphalt and replacing it with two one-and-a-half-inch layers of new blacktop. Commissioners said they wanted to see more details on the project before approving it.

While the Payne & Dolan proposal noted an area of 1,640 square feet, “It sure would be nice to see a drawing of what they’re planning to do,” said Commissioner Brad Dakota.

The issue was tabled. Commissioners plan to revisit the issue at a special meeting.

In other action, the board:

• Approved joining an interlocal agreement with other counties in the region to create a materials management plan. It would cover solid waste disposal, recycling and handling of organics, among other issues. Baraga County would join with Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region.

• Approved a payment of $63,071 into a trust for the county’s retiree medical plan.

• Approved a $5,000 donation to UPSET West.

• Approved a letter of understanding with the sheriff’s department unions defining a day for vacation purposes as the number of hours an employee works in a regular shift.

• Renewed members in the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce.

• Took no action on a Veterans Affairs Committee appointment, as the board is awaiting a recommendation from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on a representative.

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