NEW BUFFALO — The city of New Buffalo has a pretty full plate in terms of infrastructure and is proceeding with repairs and repaving projects which collectively cost well over $1 million.

At its June 17 regular meeting, the City Council voted 5-0 to carry out several projects.

That includes repairs to the Whittaker Street Bridge. The council chose Grand River Construction of Hudsonville, Mich., which offered the lowest bid in the amount of $469,972. The project will start after Labor Day.

According to City Manager David Richards, the city received four bids for the long-anticipated bridge project.

A separate $42,000 engineering agreement with Abonmarche Consultants for the bridge’s repairs also was approved by the council.

As for the largest item dollar-wise—the 2019 Streets Paving Contract—Richards reported to the council that two bids were received for this project and Rieth Riley Construction, which already has done extensive work in the city, came in as the low bidder at $619,986.

The paving project, said Richards, will improve 10 local streets. The work begins in mid-September and is expected to be completed within six weeks (Shore Drive – From Water Street to Water Street; Water Street – From Marx Drive to Shore Drive; Lake Drive – From North Drive to the end; Mechanic Street – From Eagle Street to Barton Street; Eagle Street – From Buffalo Street (U.S. 12) to Clay Street; Detroit Street – From Township line to Eagle Street; Marshall Street – Detroit Street to dead end; Clay Street – From Eagle Street to Willard Street; Barton Street – From Merchant Street to Summer School Cottages Development; and Bronson Street – From Buffalo Street to Indiana Street).

Asked by Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Ennis when the last assessment of streets was done, consulting engineer Tony McGhee replied that the assessment was last year.  

Mayor Lou O’Donnell noted that certain streets which are not on the city’s repaving list might need new water and sewer lines installed under them, so it’s best for the city to avoid jumping the gun to include those particular streets only to have to dig them up again.

Moreover, the council voted to pave the Water Intake Access Drive, based on a report from Richards that the drive is in serious need of resurfacing. Blacktop Specialists of Chesterton, Ind. was the low bidder in the amount of $11,200.

In police matters, the council voted 5-0 to honor a police department request and lease a replacement vehicle for the department. LeValley Chevrolet of Benton Harbor submitted the winning quote for leasing a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 pickup in the amount of $34,576 (A three-year lease at $11,525.25 per year).

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