The Bruce Village Board held a public hearing on Monday, May 6, regarding the proposed application for the Community Development Block Grant for the proposed plan to reconstruct five streets and two lift stations. The regular May monthly meeting followed the public hearing.

The proposed plan will reconstruct North Main Street, Railroad Avenue, River Avenue, Washington Avenue and N. First Street and the main and Coleman Avenue lift stations.

Larry Gotham of Morgan and Parmley told the trustees “this is a tremendous size project for the village but it will set you up for many years to come.”

The main lift station is near village hall and was originally installed in 1983 and is approaching its end of life. Currently the lift stations are undersized for the current needs of the village and due to the aging of the stations, require higher maintenance.

The plan does not anticipate that any resident would be displaced. The plan is designed within the footprint of the current system but it could be possible some easements may be necessary.

The original waste water infrastructure was installed in 1938 with clay pipes that are beginning to breakdown. The current service lines contain goosenecks made of lead and leak. The towers on the south and north sides of the village deadend.

The estimated cost of the entire Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project cost is $2,465,616.48. The estimated cost is good for two years with inflation calculated in. The village will be requesting a CDBG grant in the amount of $1,000,000.

Of the remaining $1,465,616.48 project cost, this fall the village is anticipating submitting a Department of Natural Resources Clean Water Fund Program environmental loan application. The DNR loan provides principle forgiveness and works similar to a grant. The estimated amount of the DNR grant, which the village is eligible for, would be approximately $500,000.

The total amount that would need to be borrowed in the form of a loan would be $966,000.

The village anticipates the revenue would come from a sewer loan for $866,000 at zero percent interest and a $100,000 water loan at 1.25 percent loan, both repaid over twenty years. The annual repayment cost is estimated to be $48,700.

With 325 connections in the village, the cost per connection is anticipated to be $150 each year.

During the regular village board meeting, the village trustees approved a resolution to move forward with the project. The CDBG application for $1,000,000 will be submitted this spring and this fall, the $500,000 DNR grant will be submitted.

Bruce Stock will be returning to Bruce on Saturday, August 17. John Fields requested the opportunity to set up two stages scheduled with a large number of musicians and reserve Main Street for the event.

Fields said having the event centered around downtown, near area businesses, would attract local business. Discussion about the safety of the nearby active railroad tracks while the event, where alcohol will be sold, is happening.

With the goal of giving back to the community, the suggested donation for the event will be $1 or one non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Backpack Blessings program at the Bruce School. The Backpack Blessings program gives a backpack of food to students on Friday to ensure they have food over the weekend.

Trustee Mark Zimmer who also works at the school said the program is a “great thing for kids and their families.” Trustees approved Field’s request to reserve Main Street for Bruce Stock on August 17.

In other matters, the board also discussed the following:

n Board of Review meeting will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

— The semi-annual Village Wide Clean-Up will be held May 17 and 18. Please take your refuse to the dumpsters by the collection area from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Donations were approved for the following organizations: Bruce Blue Earth Day, Bruce Youth Ball and Bruce Blue Hills Festival.

— The Main Street Car Show and Craft Fair was approved to be held July 13.

— The next Bruce Village board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday,  June 3.

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