Plainwell approves road work racing against snow

By: 
Daniel Pepper

Plainwell city council members approved work for the North Prince Street extension project at a pair of meetings.
Council members held a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 12, to approve a $185,090.60 contract with Kalin Construction for the work. The Sodus-based company was the lowest responsible bidder, the city said.
At the Monday, Oct. 23, regular meeting, city council members approved the engineering still needed for the project, about $55,000.
City manager Erik Wilson said, “We’re hoping they can get the work done.”
The paving work needs to be finished before asphalt plants close for winter.
The city received a $65,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help with the road. The city’s approvals are contingent on the department signing off.
The longer Prince Street will facilitate the planned headquarters for Sweetwater’s donut mill, as well as future development on the western end of the mill site.
The project includes the street and underlying sewer and water infrastructure.
In other business, the council approved a pair of projects at the water renewal plant, with $4,706.90 to remove bio-bed media (wood chips) from an odor-preventing system and $5,131 to repair and warranty a failed valve.
Contact Dan Pepper at dpepper@allegannews.com or at (269) 673-5534.

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