By Jim Hayden
Saugatuck City Council agreed Jan. 28 to pay $175,344 for a sewer master meter project that will tell how much capacity municipalities are using in the wastewater treatment plant.
“Use and capacity of the plant directly influences a community’s ability for future development,” City Manager Kirk Harrier wrote in a memo to the council.
The proposal is through the Kalamazoo Lake Sewer and Water Authority, which oversees water and wastewater services in Douglas and Saugatuck cities, Saugatuck Township and portions of Laketown Township. Douglas will pay the same amount.
The total cost of the project is $499,022.
In other business, the city council:
- Authorized Fleis & Vandenbrink engineers to design solutions for a drainage issue at 700 Manchester for $5,600. During heavy rain, “an excessive amount of water accumulates in the property owner’s yard,” according to city documents.
- Approved spending $3,240 for a classification and compensation study by the Michigan Municipal League for six city employees to compare their pay and benefits with similar communities. The MML updates the study every six years.
- Approved license agreements with local businesses for the use of 18 public street ends and parcels for Kalamazoo River access. The licenses will bring in a total of $35,605.31 to the city. The location at Lucy Street is leased for $1 to the Saugatuck Township Fire District.