10/15/2020- It could cost the average water and sewer customer in Menominee about 9% more a quarter for those utilities under a preliminary plan for water and sewer upgrades, as well as some road reconstruction in the City, as laid out by Coleman Engineering at a Finance Committee meeting Wednesday night. Jeff Sjoquist with Coleman Engineering says more than $5.2 million dollars of the project’s total $7.5 million price tag will come from the revolving loan fund. That will add almost $13 quarterly in water and sewer costs for the typical residential user. The job is currently scheduled to go to bid in May of next year, though Sjoquist did say that could be delayed by as much as three months, with loan closing then slated for next fall. Sjoquist expects two separate contractors will be required: one for the core road, water, and sewer work and another to handle the replacement of about 150 lead service pipes in the project area.

The project itself is will likely begin in 2022 and Sjoquist says it will take at least one, if not two construction seasons to complete. The Finance Committee voted to move forward with Coleman Engineering’s proposed scope of work for the design phase of the water and sewer project, which next goes to City Council for consideration Monday.