The City of Menominee is taking the next steps to secure a loan and perform some major street and utility upgrades taking place over the next couple of years. City Council Monday approved a proposal from Coleman Engineering for engineering services related to the City’s Clean Water Revolving Fund projects including water and sewer work, road reconstruction, and the replacement of some lead service pipes. The total cost for design and engineering from Coleman is right around one million dollars, which City Manager Tony Graff says was not built into the City’s new budget, but was anticipated.

The project itself has a $7.5 million price tag. A little over $5 million of that is expected to come from the state revolving loan fund and Menominee needs to have the design phase of the work complete before it can apply for those funds. The repayment of that loan is expected to increase water and sewer rates for Menominee customers by about 9% quarterly.