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Local News Summary - April 18, 2018 Edition

Engineering firm taking responsibility for County Road 624 road density issues
R. S. Scott Associates Inc., engineering firm, is taking responsibility for road density issues in the resurfacing of County Road 624 from Rush Lake Rd. to Voyer Lake Rd. The matter was discussed at the April 12 regular meeting of the Montmorency County Road Commission.

Todd Behring, managing director for the road commission, said the Michigan Department of Transportation had rejected the areas with density issues, changed the local share amount for the commission and indicated the commission would incur about $25,000 in costs.

Behring said he contacted Mark Straley, president of R. S. Scott, and the company is making good on the deficiencies.

“It’s their problem. It’s not ours,” Behring said. “So, any costs to this road project will be consumed by R. S. Scott Associates.”

Landfill still having issues with leachate tank functionality
Landfill board members are awaiting a recommendation from Gosling Czubak, engineering firm, about how to resolve the issue of a leachate tank clogging up.

“We’re looking at options to either replace the tank with a similar system you have, now, or make improvements to make it an automated system so you don’t have to manually pump it over,” Adam Biteman, project manager for Gosling Czubak, told board members at the April 13 landfill meeting.

Leachate from cells five and six flows to the tank system before being pumped to the storage lagoons, but the tank system has been getting clogged. The preferred solution, according to Biteman, would be to eliminate the tank system and develop a gravity flow, but he said there might not be enough of a grade to allow for a gravity flow.

“We looked through it. It didn’t look to be a reasonable option to eliminate that whole tank system,” Biteman said.

He indicated another option would be upgrading to an automated system. Bert LaFleche, landfill board chair, expressed his concerns about tank settlement as a factor in restricting flow, and Biteman pointed out the size of the tank might be an issue.

The tank currently in use has a 20,000-gallon capacity and holds leachate for two or three days before it is pumped out. Biteman deduced using a smaller lift-type system would move leachate sooner and allow less time for it to “settle out.” The engineering firm is continuing to investigate the matter. While a resolution is being determined, Biteman suggested Doug Baker, operations manager for the landfill, continue to try to clean the existing tank system.

Muszynski named Associated Press Coach of the Year
Eric Muszynski, varsity boys’ basketball coach for the Hillman Tigers, is this year’s Associated Press Coach of the Year for second team. This is the third consecutive year Muszynski has been recognized at the state level.

He was Coach of the Year in 2016 and received honorable mention as Coach of the Year in 2017. Earning state recognition, he told the Tribune, has been a personal goal since he began coaching, and to do so for the last three years is “pretty cool.”

“I think it’s a direct reflection of our program, not only the players of the present but the players of the past,” the coach said.

He has taken the Tigers to five of the last six district championships and three of the last four regional championships. He credits the parents and players for buying into the program and making him and the team successful.

“I feel like it’s a team award,” Muszynski said.

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