L'ANSE - Water project work in the village of L'Anse is mostly on hold until after the holidays, but the village council processed payments for and heard updates about the project at a regular meeting Wednesday night.
A payment draw request through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program was approved for $117,347.09, with Danielson Contracting receiving $108,556.98, Dixon Engineering receiving $6,864.20 and U.P. Engineers & Architects receiving $1,925.91.
"The water plant, since last time we talked, I said that booster station that they're putting in at the plant that'll boost pressure at Tuttle (Avenue), in that area, I thought it would get going prior to the new year, but it's a little more involved, so we're looking at Jan. 10 for start-up on that," Water and Wastewater Superintendent Greg Fish told the council.
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The decorations in downtown L’Anse, put up by the Department of Public Works and seen here Wednesday evening, have received several compliments, as reported at Wednesday’s regular village council meeting.
He also noted several water pumps linking the water plant to the water towers arrived last week but would not be installed until the second week in January. Additionally, a part of the water system not previously connected to an automatic alarm system will be connected.
Village Manager Bob LaFave also told the council about an engineering error in which the wrong size water pumps were ordered.
The engineers are covering the $20,000 price tag, he said.
With the project nearing completion, the village is now eyeing several additions using leftover Rural Development money.
"We have a pretty nice contingency we're going to be getting into when the project winds down to take care of some outstanding valves and hydrants that were some extras we had out there," LaFave said. "Hopefully we'll take care of those and it'll help the distribution system a great deal."
In other business, the council:
heard from LaFave two applicants for the council seat being vacated by John VanDusen will interview to temporarily fill the position. VanDusen will be leaving in January to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
The council set 6 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 as interview times.
heard from Village President Cheryl Dingeldey several people have shared compliments for the Department of Public Works about the village Christmas decorations, including feedback from L'Anse Manufacturing President Mark Massicotte.
"He had commented that he and his wife have been through many areas in Michigan and Wisconsin, and L'Anse by far has the most stunning Christmas decorations that he and she had seen," Dingeldey said. "... Thank you to our village crew."