2018-09-06 / Community

Sebewaing council handles construction-related issues

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

SEBEWAING - Village of Sebewaing Council Trustee Marcus Sting said the village has “a good problem” with 561 Internet customers and enough on the waiting list to require needing another splitter.

Sting also informed fellow council members during the Sebewaing Light & Water Committee report at the Sept. 4 regular meeting that construction on the substation and engine control buildings continues.

He also reported a snag encountered during the work to raze the former LMS building in that an existing water line can’t be utilized for a fire sprinkler system by the industrial complex across a street from the demolition work site.

Sting also said the village will be trying out an automatic fire hydrant flusher system for dead-end lines.

In related business, the council approved a project to replace three high-voltage utility poles at a cost of up to $27,000; the council also approved the posting for the Sebewaing Light & Water superintendent position.

In discussion before the utility superintendent position posting approval, council member Trustee Matt Cummings suggested the village host a forum with all department supervisors to catalog all of their various duties and responsibilities and explore the possibility of hiring a village manager.

Sting said he feels strongly that the utility company has its own superintendent because of the complexity of operating an electric generation facility. Both agreed that a forum would be a good idea for the village to comprehend all of the various functions of the supervisors and to explore all of the possibilities.

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