Saline City Council returns to work Monday, Aug. 5, with a work meeting and regular meeting.
Council will continue discussing personnel policy updates during the work meeting.
During the regular meeting, council will:
consider a proposal to spend almost $25,000 to move utility lines near the hotel, which remains under construction. As per the city's purchase agreement, the city was responsible for removing the utilities. The city previously paid $207,000 to have DE lines along Michigan Avenue relocated along several Michigan Avenue lots. Comcast and 123.Net lines remain on half poles. The companies initially said relocation would cost $56,423. City staff reached out to the companies and achieved a lower price of $24,766. The totaly cost for relocation would be $232,234 - or $7,234 more than originally budgeted.
Consider a motion to enter a tolling agreement with Weiss Construction and Nova Technologies. There are no details in the agenda, but a tolling agreement is an agreement to waive a right to claim that litigation should be dismissed due to the expiration of a statute of limitations. The city has had difficulity with wastewater treatment plant filters purchased from Nova Technologies.
Consider a proposal to install a display featuring "Old Maude" at the city's Rentschler Farm Museum. Old Maud was a trolley train that ran between Saline and Ypsilanti, in the early 20th century, carrying goods and passengers. Parts of the track were found during the 2016 Michigan Avenue project. The city plans to use $1,500 in MotorCities minigrant funds for the display.
Consider another item relating to the town's history, the city is considering a request to apply for two grants to digitize documents relating to the Bixby Marionette collection. The documents will include photos, correspondences, maps, a travel notebook, sketches, posters, thank you letters, awards and more. They would then be published on a website. The city's collection includes 100 marionettes, 200 props and set pieces, 20 backdrops, and much more. There are also plans from the Michigan Oral History Association to publish a booklet. The city would apply for the grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Discuss the parking study action plan. There are no corresponding documents in the agenda packet.
Discuss extending irrigation to the island at Michigan Avenue and Mill Street.
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