MCBAIN — Starting this month, McBain City Council will have two monthly meetings “for several big projects going on,‘ Mayor Joey Roberts said.
At its meeting Monday night, the city council unanimously voted to hold a second meeting on the third Thursday of every month. This is in addition to the meeting it already has on the second Monday of the month.
The first second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the city’s fire barn.
With an additional meeting each month it will be easier to talk about the different projects McBain is handling, Roberts said.
“We have a lot going on in McBain right now,‘ he said.
Next week the council plans to discuss progress on a United States Department of Agriculture grant application for the city’s water project, which could potentially cost $7 million.
Fleis and VandenBrink Engineering, Inc. did a McBain water system review that examined the water’s infrastructure and chemistry to provide recommendations to fix the city’s experience with orange colored water.
Recommendations include replacing McBain’s water tower, replacing the 14,000 feet of cast iron piping in the water system, installing an iron removal plant and installing water meters at all services for the city, according to the review.
Roberts said the project could cost $7 million and they are hoping to get anywhere from $4-$5 million worth of the project done through grant money.
They are getting close on submitting the application and Roberts wants to meet next week to finalize numbers and let people know where they’re at with the application. They have until the first week of July to apply but want to submit it before then, he said.
The water project is a big factor in the need for a second monthly meeting, but it’s not the only reason.
McBain is also working with Biewer Sawmill on some projects, McBain Days are coming up, McBain Rural Agricultural School is planning on building its preschool, the gas station is being built on the corner of Pine and Maple streets and the city is working on its recreational plan and applying for Michigan Department of Natural Resources grants for recreational spaces.
The city purchased property south of the tennis courts it wants to redo to make more kid-friendly and that will take time along with the other projects. They probably won’t start the water project until spring of 2020, Roberts said.
Roberts foresees having two monthly meetings for the next couple of years.