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MI - Sebewaing Pursues Grant for Sewer Improvements

November 5, 2013

The Village of Sebewaing will pursue grant for the maintenance of its sewer system through a partnership with The Spicer Group, which will be responsible for submitting the grant application on behalf of Sebewaing.

Sebewaing Village officials voted for The Spicer Group to apply for grant money on behalf of the village.  The amount would be used to pay for the village’s long-term storm and sanitary sewer systems maintenance.  

The Spicer Group company will apply for Michigan’s Storm Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant, which has about 90 percent/10 percent match.  The request will consist of $300,000 for the sanitary sewer and $300,000 for the storm sewer.  Once the $600,000 grant is received, the village would need to provide its match of $60,000.  

The Spicer Group and the village will be able to use the grant to do an Asset Management Plan.  The plan would involve an inventory of the sewer systems, development of a geographical information system, completion of the maintenance costs, development of a long-term capital improvement plan, and the conduct of a rate structure review.  

Grants for such projects have been established by the new state legislation.  The grants have a $2-M cap per community.  Grant recipients must proceed with the project within three years of the grant awarding.  

Part of the project would consist of videotaping and cleaning the village’s storm and sanitary sewer lines, according to village officials.  

Meanwhile, the Oct. 8 meeting of the Sebewaing Harbor Commission was discussed.  During the meeting, Commission Chairman Karry Kuhl stated that dredging of the river will be on July 2014.  An amount of $1.7-M was provided to the Corps of Engineers for the project, which will go out for bidding in January.  The funds came from the emergency dredging plan that was developed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission.  In his budget plan, Gov. Rick Snyder had called for $21-M for emergency dredging.  

Dredging on the Sebewaing River was last performed in 2008.  

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