Reed City approves loan for $3M project

REED CITY – Construction will begin in early May to upgrade water and sewer transmission lines beneath six streets in Reed City.

Reed City council members approved two low-interest loans for the project at their meeting Monday. The USDA Rural Development program offered the city a $2,699,203 loan with two percent interest and a $316,970 match from the City.

Streets to be redone include Church Street, from Chestnut Street to Patterson Street; Lincoln Ave., from Patterson to just west of Sears Street; Todd Street, from Tomahawk Ave. to Sears Street; Tomahawk Ave., from Lincoln to Sears Street; State Street, from Lincoln Street to Todd Ave.; and Sears Street, from Lincoln Street to Todd Ave.

A sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration study was completed in 2008 and showed that water and sewer lines in Reed City were too old and too small to function properly. Some locations saw sewer backups and pools of water due to the old piping. The City has been working since then to secure funding for the project.

“We’ve been working on this project for three years and I’m glad we can get going on it,” said Susan Wyngaarden, Attorney representing the city on the project.

The City also voted to increase water and sewer rates to help fund the project. Water monthly base rates will increase from $5.40 to $6.31 and usage rates will increase from $1.92 to $2 per 1000 gallons. Sewer monthly base rates will increase from $2 to $3.46 and per-gallon usage rates will increase from $4.42 to $4.55 per 1000 gallons.

“The city is very cautious about increasing rates. Nobody likes to increase rates,” said Ron Marek, city manager. “But we also have a responsibility as a city to maintain the infrastructure for kids and grandkids.”

The new lines will be larger and increase water flow to the west side of town. After the water and sewer lines are redone, the roads will be re-paved.

Residents will receive letters soon with a notification of the upcoming project and a suggestion to take advantage of the disassembled road and find a contractor to redo the water and sewer lines to their house if necessary.

See next week’s Herald Review for more details on the project.

In other business, the council:

  • approved the acceptance of a $5,553 bid for new hoses and a $5,494 bid for two automatic electronic defibrillators for the fire department which will be purchased through grant funding;
  • approved the planning commission recommendation on the Power Line Supply company facility expansion on property formerly used for Footloose soccer fields;
  • re-appointed Richard Sheldon, Jared Bowman and James Anderlohr to the zoning board of appeals.

The next city council meeting will be on April 16 at 7 p.m. at Reed City city hall.