Local meeting primer: Three Rivers City Commission

The Three Rivers City Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting somewhere other than city hall tonight, Tuesday, December 20.

Following a reception for City Attorney J. Patrick O’Malley prior to the meeting, commissioners will conduct their business at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce (1116 N. Main St.) beginning at 6 p.m.

Commissioners will consider a bond ordinance that would authorize the city to issue Water Supply and Sewage Disposal Bond, Series 2023 in a amount not to exceed not to exceed $7,570,000. The bond will finance various collection system pump station improvements and headworks replacement at the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Next on the docket will be a resolution that would tentatively approve a change order to Davis Construction in the amount of $3,147,514 for the Constantine Street Improvement project, and award L.D. Docsa Associates, Inc. $5,179,000 for the WWTP headwork improvements.

Commissioners will also be asked to consider amending an engineering contract the city has with Jones & Henry Engineers, LTD in the amount of $99,918 for a revised CWSRF total engineering contract amount of $1,254,418. Upon award of the original construction contracts, the city reduced the scope of the pump station improvements and postponed the headworks project award to research alternative funding. The amendment would cover Jones & Henry’s work to produce documentation for the secondary funding source as well as provide for additional construction engineering time related to the six months between the first and second loans, according to a city report.

Lastly, commissioners will be asked to accept an American Resume Plan grant, as the construction and engineering costs of the Constantine Street Pump Station and WWTP headworks replacement projects are being financed with a combination of the issuance of $4,215,000 Jr. Lien Revenue bonds, and the aforementioned $4,215,000 American Rescue Plan grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) for a total of project cost of $8,430,000.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include a 2021 pension status report, and a purchase order in the amount of $14,750 to Peerless Midwest for a well field motor replacement and internal control panel repairs.

If you can’t make Tuesday’s meeting in-person, you can catch tonight’s proceedings via Facebook live on Three Rivers City Hall’s page.

Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor and publisher of Watershed Voice.