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Benton Harbor city officials hold public hearing about fixing the city's drinking water

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich – City of Benton Harbor City Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund” project plan. 

Monday’s meeting was open to the public during the City Council meeting to hear about the proposed project, its cost and how extensive it would be. 

“We will be fixing pipes, hydrants, and water systems,” Abonmarche Engineer Daniel Dombos said. 

The proposed project includes 10 construction projects. 

  • Pipestone from Main St to Vineyard
  • Michigan, Wall and Highland from South of Oak to Jefferson
  • Vineyard from Pipestone to East End
  • Maple from Pipestone to Cedar
  • Highland from Hull to Fair
  • Benton from Territorial to Highland
  • Territorial from Winans to Seeley
  • Stevens from Riverside to Wakounda 
  • Benton Harbor Water Plant at Ridgeway St
  • Benton Harbor Water Tower at Britain and 8th

City officials say they used a majority of the $300,000 grant they received to address infrastructure related to elevated lead levels in the city.

The DWRF eligible cost is $4.4 million and project’s total cost would be $14.5 Million.  

City Commissioners didn’t agree on the terms of the resolutions proposed on Monday night so they delayed the vote until later in the month. 

If everything is approved by the city and state work is expected to begin later in 2019 with a target completion date of early 2020. 

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