Township awards contract for water booster station

ALPENA – The Alpena Township Board of Trustees authorized Supervisor Marie Twite to sign an award contract for M-32 water booster station improvements during its Monday meeting.

“This is an agreement with the (Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center). The township delivers the water, but they wanted to do improvements to make sure there was enough water flow,” Twite said. “The upgrade was a joint effort. It worked for them, it worked for us.”

Two bids were submitted for consideration for the M-32 water booster station project, which were opened in December. The low bid, submitted by Werth Electric of Alpena costs $28,105 and the second bid of $40,063 was submitted by Meridian Contracting of Alpena. The contract was awarded to Werth Electric at a total cost of $34,855, which includes the original base bid of $28,105 and the additive alternate of $6,750.

“The project was originally approved by the board during the last budget session,” Twite said. “Other bids came in, but this was the low, good bid that will take care of all base requirements.”

The contract will be awarded to Werth Electric after funds have been transferred from the Michigan Air National Guard to Alpena Township. The improvements to the M-32 water booster station is expected to be completed by March 8.

In other business:

  • Norman Poli and Ed Robin were appointed to the board of review.
  • the board will send a letter of support to the City of Alpena for trail town.
  • the board designated March 7-8 for its budget session and hearing dates. However, the regular March board meeting will be canceled.
  • Clerk Christine Dubey will sign an updated administrative agreement for school elections.
  • the board proclaimed April as social host awareness month.
  • the board authorized a $20,000 purchase for a 2003 Ford/Lifeline ambulance with 85,000 miles from the Oxford Fire Department. However, the board is seeking $10,000 from the county as a partner for the ambulance. Twite said if the county does not approve the request then the additional $10,000 will come from the non-emergency transfer fund, but the ambulance will be purchased.

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