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Poplar retaining wall on Monday’s council agenda

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

It will be held at City Hall, 519 Washington Ave., beginning at 7:30 p.m.

City Council will consider accepting the low bid and approving a contractor service agreement with Katerberg-VerHage Inc. of Grand Rapids for $60,956 for replacement of the retaining walls on either side of Poplar Ridge.

Funding for the project is coming from a special assessment, wherein the nearby property owners will be responsible for paying for two-thirds of the cost of the project.

The work will have to be completed by or before May 23, or started after Sept. 5. Reasons behind this are due to constraints related to staging areas, execution and access to the construction site.

Once the contract is awarded by City Council, the contractor will submit a joint permit application to the state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform the work

in the critical dune area. When this permit is received, it will determine when the project can begin.

A separate project, scheduled to begin in the spring, involves extending sanitary sewer into the area of the retaining wall project. The two contractors will be directed to work together on schedules, access and minimizing conflicts that may adversely impact either project.

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