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Summer projects on tap in Hancock

HANCOCK — Hancock crews will be busy with several infrastructure projects throughout the summer.

MJO Construction will be doing sewer improvements at locations around the city. That includes lining some areas, digging up certain areas and replacing the pipes, and also doing some televising of the sewer structures. The work is part of the city’s asset management plan for the sewer fund.

“They’ve been up by the school, they’ve been down on Jasberg Street, you’ll see them all over the place,” City Manager Mary Babcock said. “We don’t have the specific schedules, but they should be letting you know if there’s any access issues.”

There’ll be a lot of patching at the end of the roads, she said. The sewer work is the only summer project being funded solely through city funds.

The city’s water department will also be checking out water-line connections at 120 locations around the city for lead. The project was funded through a $489,623 Drinking Water Asset Management Grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

“They’ll be picking out sections of blacktop, and they’ll be pulling the dirt out and checking the connections to make sure there’s not any lead,” Babcock said. “If it is lead, we will have to make some plans for replacing those.”

Work began on the project last week, with more than 20 homes being checked so far.

Two street projects in the city are being funded by Michigan Department of Transportation Category B grants. A 50% grant of $142,386.50 will go toward improvements on North and Prospect streets, near the fairgrounds. Between Ingot and Birch streets, crews from FA Industrial Services will be straightening out North Street and making Prospect Street longer. Sanitary sewer and water will be added to the street for potential development.

On North Street, eight handicapped parking spots will be added for the fair to ensure people with mobility issues have more accessibility.

That work is expected to be substantially complete a week before the fair, Babcock said.

“There will be no construction (during the fair) even if they’re not done by the fair,” she said. “They will stop construction and go back. But they will be at least be paved by the fair.”

Another 50% match of $237,412 will cover a full reconstruction of Minnesota Street, with repaving and curb, gutter and sewer upgrades.

“It has some water services that need to be done, but it was also high for our PASER ratings,” Babcock said. “That was one of our top streets to get paved.”

Construction will begin on Tuesday. The city will meet with residents of the 1000 block of Minnesota St. at 5 p.m. Monday at the fire hall to answer any questions.

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