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Marinette Public Works Rejects Street Bids

Issue Date: March 7, 2019

A special Public Works committee meeting was held prior to the Marinette City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 5 for discussion and possible recommendation to council regarding bid results for Street and Utility Reconstruction of Industrial Parkway South and Cleveland Avenue, Project # 2019-10.

Three bids were received for the project, one from a local contractor, Barley Trucking and Excavating of Menominee in the amount of $2,045,795.08. The other two bids were submitted from Advance Construction and DeGroot, Inc., both of Green Bay with Advance at $2,192,721 and DeGroot being the highest bid at $2,512,732.90.

After further discussion a motion was made to reject the project bids and table for further review and discussion.

Also discussed at the special meeting was a contract amendment from Robert E. Lee (REL) regarding additional work related to the Menekaunee Harbor and South Channel Restoration Projects. Restoration projects began in 2016 and all have been completed so far with the exception of the cattail enhancement project and abatement of garlic mustard growth which are two inverse species that continue to grow even after treatment.

A representative from REL was present to discuss additional improvements and efforts to improve the site and provide additional long-term enhancements. REL will continue to aggressively monitor and treat these species along with providing enhancements and improvements to the project with two more years of monitoring and maintenance.

The funding will be 100% fully subsidized by the DNR with grants that are being extended. There may be some city efforts invested with city workers helping with the project in the form of services, but nothing monetary with that being covered by the grants.

Alderperson Ken Keller asked if there will be more wild rice planted and the representative said they didn't have that discussion but it can be discussed with the DNR.

A Public Hearing followed the Public Works meeting regarding a petition for Ordinance #2422 from Northland Terrace Estates Inc. and report and recommendation of the Plan Commission to amend zoning of a location approximately 650 feet south from the main entrance to the Luther Home and Pine Beach Road from R-1 single family residential zoning district to RM-2 multiple family residential zoning There was no public comment and the petition was approved later in the council meeting.

Ordinance 223 regarding private property single family or two family residence use with one driveway permitted for each living unit was amended, stating "a second driveway may be added at the discretion of the Board of Public Works upon a written request on a case-by-case basis, a single family residence may be granted a second driveway." However a double driveway in a circular or horseshoe configuration with both driveways entering the same street shall be allowed, providing the side of the property with the driveway entrances is contiguous to the street into which the driveway enters for a distance of at least 100 feet.

Marinette City Attorney, Jonathon Sbar discussed the need to amend the contract agreement for Trolley Station Development for the DNR to test where the Colonial building was. The DNR wants to amend the agreement to allow access to existing DNR monitoring wells that may need to be replaced so they can get at these properties to check the wells. The testing will fall under the DNR's Wisconsin Assessment Money (WAM) Contractor Services Awards application that was recently submitted.

"The testing was never done due to the building being there and when the building came down it was the recession and we ran out of money and we never got it done, so we applied for the WAM grant to test underneath where the building used to stand." Sbar said. The DNR contacted the city after the application process seeking the amendment to allow access to monitor its existing wells on the contaminated properties.

The Colonial Building properties are located at 1529 and 1533 Main St., where Newcap Inc. plans to build the Trolley Station workforce housing complex. The council then approved to proceed with accepting the WAM Grant from the DNR.

Mayor Steve Genisot gave an update in his Mayor's report of two new businesses that recently opened. Flowers On State and Grooming By Jackie, LLC. are now open and he encouraged Council and residents to visit the new businesses.

Melissa Ebsch, City of Marinette Marketing and Tourism Director, gave an update of upcoming events including Rumble At The Rec which has been rescheduled to Friday, May 3. The organization titled Help A Willing Kid Foundation (HAWK) will be releasing a video telling the story and purpose of this non-profit organization.

Also new this year is the Easter Basket project. The goal is to deliver 300 baskets to children in the Marinette area. The city is taking donations of pre-made baskets, individual items and monetary donations to create the baskets. Ebsch said, "We have already received a donation of $100 on our first day of advertising the program".

The next project will be the first annual Business Expo with a goal of at least 80 businesses participating. The purpose is to create an exciting and positive atmosphere and showcase what area businesses have to offer.

Several unfinished business items were approved from prior committee meetings including: the request for approval of the Hazmat Response System Service contract to be renewed for another two year contract. This provides the provision to allow the Marinette Fire Department to act as a Hazmat Taskforce to protect life and property against the dangers of emergencies and make available for use of hazardous materials response systems as dictated by State law.

By accepting this contract, the Fire Department receives $16,000 annually for the two years to purchase Hazmat equipment.

In other Fire Department news, a bid was received for replacement of the Fire Department Station Alerting System and was approved as the lowest bid from ComTec Communications in the amount of $28,294.80. The other bid received was from Arrow AV Group with a bid of $97,542.86.

Also approved was the contract with Division BMX Stunt team as one of the entertainment venues for the Heritage and Logging Fest, contingent on receiving insurance requirements from Division BMX.

Per a request from Abundant Life Mission Homeless Shelter of Menominee, approval was given to rent Stephenson Island for their annual car show fund raiser for the shelter to be held on Sept. 21.

Two pay requests were approved for the REC Center in the amount of $91,710.93 for Boldt for work completed to date and $11,827.59 for REC center survey and professional services through Dec. 31, 2018 for Graef.

A request from Gavin Scray, City of Marinette Executive Director of Recreation and Evnents, to waive the procurement policy to purchase a Water Slide for the Civic Center pool was approved after a question from Alderperson, John Marx as to why he is asking to waive the policy.

Scray said, "The water slide was purchased in the 1990's and is in need of repair. The structure and flume are dependent on one another and the flume needs to be replaced and there is only one manufacturer that provides that flume".

From Personnel and License Committee, several requests were approved including a Class B Picnic licenses for St. Thomas Aquinas Academy for their 37th Annual Auction on March 31 and also for the Fish Fry Fundraisers on April 5, 12 and 19 with all four being held at 1200 Main Street.

Also approved was a temporary Class B license request from MMYHA (Marinette Menominee Youth Hockey Association) for the annual Lyle "Chummy" McDonald Memorial Hockey Tournament being held March 29 through 31 at 2501 Pierce Ave.

A license application renewal request from Computer Rage, a pawnbroker, second hand jewelry and article dealer, was also granted, with the condition that all fees or money's owed to the city are paid in full.

Of eight new operator license applications, seven were approved with one denied based on qualifying criteria that was not met.

Due to the Spring Election occurring on Tuesday, April 2, the April Common Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.


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