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Village reviews updates on storm cleanup, costs

The Antrim Review of Bellaire, Michigan

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ELK RAPIDS — During a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, the Elk Rapids Village Council received updates on storm cleanup within the village, discussed the costs of the storm, and approved bids for a major water main replacement project and a new tree chipper.

After receiving an update on the total costs of storm damage cleanup from new DPW Supervisor Brad Kluczynski — and possible reimbursement and assistance from organizations such as FEMA and Antrim County Emergency Management as well as the village's liability insurance — it was decided to wait for a response from the village's insurance company regarding its claim and to discuss the matter further with Antrim County Emergency Director Leslie Meyers. Meyers is reviewing possible assistance for the village from a statewide "community to community" emergency fund for communities that suffer disasters.

The Council approved a bid for a new tree chipper for $37,838 that will replace the chipper the village and its DPW has been reliant upon for many years.

Also approved, after some discussion, was a bid for $318,874, much higher than expected, from MDC Contracting, LLC, of Charlevoix, for a village water main replacement project. The project will begin soon and should be completed before the onset of winter.

The Council also briefly discussed options for long-term water system improvements and will discuss the subject again later this fall.

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Original Publication Date: September 10, 2015

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