2015 ICMA Conference
During last week’s conference, I attempted to keep a log of the various breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and thoughts that came forth on relevancy for Coopersville. Believe it or not there was quite a bit of information that was applicable for what’s happening in Coopersville both organizationally, with staff, council, and the community at large. Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing some of those thoughts with you in the NON-AGENDA ITEMS section of future memos.
Dedicated Sewer Main – Lift Station
Nothing to report other than the project continues to move forward with relatively few misfortunes. The goal is to still to be functional by the end of October. Site clean-up, landscaping and such, will continue after if weather conditions are favorable. If for some reason that’s not the case, final landscaping would be next year spring.
Second River Crossing - Water Project Phase I
I met with Prein & Newhof this week as they have completed the Engineering Evaluation for the Phase I - Water Supply and Transmission Improvements. On October 26, I am suggesting another special council meeting to review the contents of this study and to bring council up to date on the particulars including the updates on funding options. So, please keep October 26 at 5:45 PM open for this special meeting.
WWTP Project Phase II
Since the last memo there have been a number of events that have required staff’s immediate attention as stated earlier in this memo for the WWTP. The special meeting prior to council meeting will also touch on the following as also stated in last month’s memo.
We are studying options for long-term plans that would include constructing Phase II of the City’s WWTP to process 3.3 gallons per day (GPD). Estimated price, depending on the extent of pre-treatment by Continental Dairy (CDF), ranges from $12 Million to $19 Million. The City has already met with our bonding attorney to explore feasibility of financing through an existing bond to construct Phase II. The conclusion is that the City will be able to access additional funds if we so choose. Estimated timeline dependent on financing approval would see construction commencing the summer of 2016 and in operation late spring to early summer of 2017.
A secondary long-term plan is an option currently in discussion with CDF, Coopersville, and Muskegon. It is a concept to divert future incremental flow increases from CDF to the Muskegon WWTP. There are a number of parameters that will need to be finalized if this option were to become a viable choice for all parties. The City of Coopersville will continue to update council as more information becomes available. Obviously we will discuss this at our October 12 special meeting.
West Randall Street Reconstruction Project
I was informed this afternoon that the tentative schedule for traffic to move both east and west on West Randall Street is Monday, October 12. The two center lanes will be open with the far south lane and the far north remaining closed. These lanes will remain closed until the landscaping, tree planting, and any water and electrical that needs finishing. I do not have a specific date at this time when all four lanes will be open to traffic, but it is estimated to be another couple weeks.