RC will get new water well system

ROGERS CITY – There will be plenty of water in Rogers City’s water system once it connects a new well to its system and loops a downtown water main.

The city will spend $69,301 to connect a new well into its water system, with water department Superintendent Chuck Kieliszewski acting as general contractor. By doing so, he’ll be saving the city roughly $30,000 versus seeking the services of a private contractor, City Manager Mark Slown said. The well, which was drilled behind a restaurant and motel on Lake Huron’s shore, will be connected to an existing pump house.

This project is one of the final steps needed to build enough capacity into the city’s system, part of a larger water and sewer project. One attempt failed, resulting in a well that never produced clean water, Mayor Beach Hall said. This failed well is within 100 feet of the newer one, which is producing good water at a more than adequate flow. Once connected, it and two wells down at Seagull Point Park will bring the city’s water capacity up to state requirements.

Part of the costs of the project will be to cap off the failed well, Slown said. The rest is for electrical work, water main material and other work, along with a 10 percent contingency to cover any unexpected costs. He recommended bids from contractors to perform each major component.

The city will move the money for the project from a reserve fund into the water department’s operations budget, Hall said.

In another move to improve its water system, the city will spend $4,700 to loop a water main that dead ends behind city hall, Hall said. Water quality in the main should improve by connecting it to a water main under another nearby street. The owners of a new business moving into Mariner’s Mall will help cover additional costs.

“When you have a dead-end water main you get stagnant water, and all the gunk in the water washes to that end and sits there as a result,” he said.

A new business moving into the Mariner’s Mall will benefit from this change, Hall said. DaVita will open a dialysis clinic in the building, and needs clean water both for its services and for its sprinkler system. While preparing for the project, city workers accidentally broke a water main valve, requiring the city to issue a boil-water advisory.

In other business, city council members voted to stop administering its own Pure Michigan revolving loan program in favor of becoming a sub-recipient. Slown said the city could continue handling the community development loans on behalf of the state, but would have to meet new, complicated requirements. Council member Deb Greene said she’d rather work with Northern Initiatives, a firm that handles these loans, than have the city act like a bank.

To make the switch, the city must hold a public hearing, and will do so on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., Slown said.

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