Township OKs scope repair, heater purchase

ALPENA – The Alpena Township Board of Trustees approved to have an aqua scope repaired for the Department of Public Works to use in the field at its meeting Monday. The scope helps to find water leaks that are not presenting themselves through the ground. The current broken scope has been in need of attention for a few years, according to DPW Director Gerald Bleau.

“We need one,” Bleau said. “This aqua scope we acquired in 1978, and the technology has not changed on it. It’s $95 to diagnose, and the maximum that they’ll put into it is $500, and that will completely rebuild the system.”

If the scope can’t be repaired, the township may have to purchase a new one for around $2,200.

The board also approved the purchase of a heater for the DPW to keep a tank valve on Piper Road from freezing and breaking. The altitude valve allows the water to go up to a certain level, stop it, and transfer water to US-23 South.

“On Christmas it was 2 1/2 feet shy of the normal operating level,” Bleau said. “We checked it out, and it had froze.”

The previous heater to keep the valve from freezing malfunctioned, and a new one needed to be purchased to temporarily keep the valve from freezing until the board could approve the purchase of a new electric heater.

“It’s about a $20,000 valve,” Bleau said. “There are going to be some repairs needed to this valve, but right now we have to keep the inside of that tank warm.”

The board approved the purchase of the heater for $120 with shipping costs added.

In other business:

  • the board approved entering into an agreement for base strengthning of Pearl Road with the road commission and Young’s Appliance. The cost of the project is estimated at $62,000 and will be surfaced with hot mix asphalt and other incidental work done as needed on the road.
  • Bob Kaszubowski was awarded 2013 Firefighter of the Year.
  • David Ristau was awarded 2013 Rookie Firefighter of the Year.
  • Trustee Gary Schuelke submitted a letter of resignation, which the board approved. The trustees also approved to begin advertising for someone to fill the open position until the 2014 election.
  • an agreement for the lease of the property for Pied Piper School was extended and additional three years until December 2016.

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