Sewer rates increasing in Reed City

Council approves bids for Hersey River Dam, water main projects

REED CITY — Sewer rates are on the rise for residents living in Reed City, following a motion passed by Reed City Council members at a meeting on Sept. 21.

City manager Ron Howell said rates must rise to keep up with operating costs, so the city must raise rates from $4.75 per thousand gallons to $5 per thousand gallons. He said the average home uses about 4,000 gallons a month, so the cost increase would add about $1 a month for residents.

In more business, council members awarded a bid of $69,900 from Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, Huber, Inc. of Grand Rapids for the design and construction engineering details of both Todd and West Stimson Street projects. The bid leaves out grant awarded funding.

Howell said a past reliability study estimated the Todd Street project to cost about $275,000, while the West Stimson Street project is unknown at this time. Stimson will be worked on first, Howell added, but he is unsure when construction will begin.

The Hersey River Dam project also took center stage at the meeting, with council members awarding a $12,250 bid from J.E. Tiffany and Sons of Kingsely for contracting, design and work to remove only the steel sheet piling protruding into the river and rubble near the sheet. The bid removes the grant loan application fee and alternate engineering fee, according to Howell. The bid payment will come from the Reed City Downtown Development Authority, which is assisting with project costs.

In more business, council members:

  • tabled a motion regarding bids on playground equipment for the Reed City Depot, Westerburg Park and Rambadt Park;
  • tabled a motion regarding a request to vacate a portion of East Osceola Avenue for Reed City Towing on account of needing more information from business owner;
  • approved a motion allowing Reed City Area Public Schools to increase the wages of school liaison Karen Lindstrom within its $20,000 budget;
  • approved a motion to publish a notice of available leasing opportunities of the old police impound yard;
  • approved a bid of $12,260 from Grand Traverse Mobile Communications for portable Kenwood 800 megahertz police radios;
  • approved a motion to award Terra Contracting of Kalamazoo with the Patterson Road force main project not to exceed a cost of $5,000; and
  • listened to a statement from mayor Karen McKinney regarding her decision not to perform marriage ceremonies as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage contradicting her Catholic beliefs. She said she is choosing to refuse all marriage ceremonies as to not be accused of discrimination against same-sex couples.