School board meets tonight, city council tomorrow night

The St. Louis board of education and city council have light agendas for their meetings on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center.

The agenda includes accepting three resignations: Monica McCloskey as seventh grade volleyball coach, Jessica Schrot as Nikkari paraprofessional and eighth grade girls basketball coach and Mike McCloskey as varsity football assistant coach.

The board also expects to hear a report on the high school’s Future Farmers of America chapter trip to the national FFA convention last month, where President Trump spoke.

The city council’s agenda for 6 p.m. Tuesday includes adoption of a pavement warranty program as required by state government. All 533 cities and villages in Michigan are required to adopt this program.

The pavement warrantee program is a new mandate for municipalities that requires contractors to provide a warrantee for paving jobs that have over $2 million of paving work, said DPW Superintendent Mark Abbott via email. St. Louis has not had a job in that price range in more than 20 years. “It is mostly a way for the state to make sure that big paving jobs are warranted to be good stewards of the road monies spent to fix roads,” Abbott said. “I think it is a good thing overall.”

The Michigan Municipal League’s web site has this to say about it: “The (program) is the statewide accepted format that local agencies can use for hot mix asphalt and plain jointed concrete paving projects on public roads and streets if they opt to utilize a warranty on a project.”

Cities and villages have until Sept. 18, 2019, to adopt a pavement warranty program, and every community must consider a warranty on each project using any state or federal funding that also includes $2 million or more in paving-related components.

The goal is to have one standardized method for applying pavement warranties on local projects, “which provides a consistent, quantifiable and transparent program that pavement contractors can recognize and implement,” sayeth the web site.

2019 meeting schedule

City council will set its meeting schedule for next year, as required by law. They will again meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month except in January when the first meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Transformer purchase

Council will be asked to approve spending $6,115 on a transformer from Solomon Corp. to serve Bear Truss. The three-phase pad mount transformer is expected to be delivered in the last week of November.

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