Village of Clinton
May 6, 2019
The Clinton Village Council will hold a public hearing on May 6, 2019, at 7:00 pm, in the Village Office, 119 E. Michigan Avenue, Clinton, MI. Individuals needing special accommodations should contact the Village Office at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments on proposed water and sewer rate increases. The Village water and sewer sales have declined over the years with the loss of industry but the Village still needs to bring in enough revenue to maintain the systems. The Village has prepared 20-year Capital Improvement Plans and six-year budgets for the water and sewer funds.
The proposed water rate increase is $1.00 per month for the average residential customer using 6,000 gallons. Customers with larger meters will pay proportionately more. The Village’s primary backup well was taken out of service last year after 43 years of operation. The Village was not able to find a cost effective, low iron source of water near the well house. The Village is finalizing construction of a $290,000 iron removal plant to treat the water from wells two and four. In about three years the outside of the water tower will need to be painted for an estimated cost of $110,000, to prolong the life of the tank.
The proposed sewer rate increase is $2.80 per month for the average residential customer using 6,000 gallons. Customers with larger meters will pay proportionately more. The Village’s sewer plant uses mechanical processes to treat the waste water according to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality standards. The treatment processes require pumps, motors, computers and other equipment to clean the waste water. The Village has recently spent over $188,000 to perform preventative maintenance or replace some of those components that were at the end of their useful life.
The plant was designed to run with three full time employees to provide adequate coverage for the 24/7 operation and help cover after hour emergencies. As a result of the poor economy, the plant has operated with two or two and one-half employees. The United States EPA and MDEQ regulations are continually becoming more stringent and time consuming for staff. The Village has increased its quality control measures to help keep the community in compliance with state and federal regulations. In light of the fact that there are increased requirements to maintain the plant, and there is a shortage of licensed wastewater operators in the state, the Village hired a third operator who will acquire the state licenses to operate the wastewater treatment plant. We believe, over time, the WWTP Operators will be able to help with some of the routine well and iron removal system operation and maintenance.
Village of Clinton
Special Council Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2019
The meeting opened at 7:04 pm.
Members Present were President Doris Kemner, Cal Habrick, Larry Sines, Joe Orban, Bonnie Peters, Greg Michalak and Kevin Kelly.
Motion was made by Peters and seconded by Sines to authorize the survey work by Associated Engineers for $4,000, preliminary engineering work by Engineered Logic LLC for $5,000, and abate the asbestos by Adrian Environmental for $3,454, for the South Alley Improvement Project. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made by Kelly and seconded by Habrick to extend the tenant’s occupancy date from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019 in the Purchase Agreement for 110 Tecumseh Road. Motion carried unanimously.
The Village discussed submitting an application for $250,000 in MDOT Grant Funds to mill and overlay several blocks of Village streets.
Motion was made by Peters and seconded by Sines to adopt Resolution 2019-01, a resolution to establish a request for funding, designate an agent, attest to the existence of funds and commit to implementing a maintenance program for milling and overlaying various road segments through funding by the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B program. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made by Michalak and seconded by Orban to authorize the Village Manager to execute the contract renewal with Allied Waste Systems (Republic Services) for the refuse and recycling collection program. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made by Michalak and seconded by Habrick to authorize the Village Manager to execute the transfer of the refuse and recycling collection contract to Stevens Disposal for a 5-year term, pursuant to Section 7.03 Transferability of Contract. Motion carried unanimously.
The Village Manager commented on turkey vultures returning and the need to purchase the special laser and air horns as a deterrent. The Police Department is looking into purchasing three new vehicle cameras.
Bonnie Peters advised that after the heavy rain she noticed standing water in the Woolen Mill truck bay. The Village Manager will write a letter to the property owner. She also mentioned all of the positive comments she has been hearing about the Village’s new Police Chief, Tony Cuevas.
President Doris Kemner commented on the strained nature of downtown public parking and is looking forward to the South Alley Improvement project.
Council was supportive of President Doris Kemner sending a letter to the Smith-Kimball Board to request a meeting to discuss several issues.
Motion was made by Habrick and seconded by Orban to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Jennifer Adams, Village Clerk
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