2017-07-13 / Community

City of Caseville hires inspector; DTE to convert street lighting to LED

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com • 810-452-2668

CASEVILLE - The City of Caseville has hired Robert Neymeiyer as its Mechanical Inspector to speed up the process of building a commercial or residential structure.

Clerk Jamie Learman said builders were waiting two to three weeks for work to be approved by going through the state. Neymeiyer, who will inspect HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) work, will begin after the contract is approved.

The city also has three other inspectors available: plumbing - Jeff Rowe; electrical - Ray Heins; and building - City of Caseville Building & Zoning Administrator Terry Kelly.

The City of Caseville also formally accepted the DNR grant for Pointe Park, which is better known as the area by the breakwater, and funds are pending Gov. Snyder’s signature.

The city sought a Department of Natural Resources matching grant, with the match being monetary or in-kind work. The city estimates the project at a little more than $100,000, with the city to provide about $40,000 of in-kind work and having raised $15,000 for the monetary portion.

The city is looking to improve handicap accessibility in the breakwater area to provide outdoor recreational opportunities to those using a wheelchair or other mobility device for shore fishing, for example.

Other improvement work being considered is paving the area with a combination of asphalt and paver stones to allow drainage. The city also hopes to include landscaping with trees and bushes, as well as improve lighting, with lights along the breakwater.

A couple ideas discussed at previous planning meetings, in order to increase the amount of funds available for the project, were selling benches and pavers, which would be installed in the area around the river and breakwater.

Any work would be started after ‘Cheeseburger.’

In other business, the City of Caseville also passed a resolution to contract with DTE for conversion of streetlights to LED (light-emitting diode) at a cost of $26,250. Upon completion, the city will be eligible for a $2,929 rebate. Cost savings per year are estimated at more than $6,800.

Learman said 57 lights are in the project, with DTE scheduling and doing the work, which must be completed by Nov. 30.

The City of Caseville also approved invoices totaling $310,323: paid through July 6, 2017 $303,094; and pending approval $7,230.

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