Dowagiac Council approves cemetery wall project and Caruso event at Beckwith Park – Leader Publications


DOWAGIAC — The city is about to breathe new life into a piece of a local cemetery.

At its regular meeting Monday, Dowagiac City Council approved a resolution to move forward with a $12,230 project to remove, repair and replace the retaining wall on the north side of Riverside Cemetery. The city has authorized City Manager Kevin Anderson to hire Clean Cut Lawn & Landscape for the project, which will also install an improved drainage system.

According to Anderson, the city cemetery board has prioritized this repair for the past several years. In its proposal, Clean Cut said it appreciated the historic nature of the wall and offered a solution that would be true to its history. Once the new drainage is complete, Clean Cut will replace the wall with the existing stones, according to its estimate.

The majority of the cost – $9,300 – is for the removal and reinstallation of the existing stone.

Also on Monday, the council authorized a $60,000 budget for utility pole testing, tagging and locating by American Energy Services and Midwest Energy & Communications.

“This project is necessary so that long-term pole replacement budgeting can be done with some degree of accuracy and reduce the time crews spend finding poles/work areas,” Anderson said, in a statement. memo to board members. “Also, having a precision, [Geographic Information System]based on the map will simplify Miss Dig’s efforts.

According to the memo, AES will identify, tag and test the posts. Then MEX will identify the equipment on the poles for entry into the GIS system.

  • Approved a Caruso 100th Anniversary Event at Beckwith Park on June 18 from 3-7 p.m.
  • Passed a resolution to sell Tract 5 on Parsonage Street to the Willis family for $1 through the city’s housing initiative program.
  • Authorization of a three-year contract with a lawn maintenance service for the mowing of the blight and the maintenance of lawns of non-municipal properties which are not properly maintained by the owners.

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