The City of Perry is officially on their way with the water treatment plant for the Residents of Perry. The ground breaking took place June 12, 2008 at the Well Site on Ellsworth Rd. in Perry Township. Several people joined in the celebration of this project. There were also people invited to the ground breaking to acknowledge their hard work and appreciation.
The first set of pictures you will find is the well being put in. This was accomplished in December of 2007. The next set of pictures is the day of the groundbreaking event. Here you will see Mayor, Ross De Lau as the first speaker along with Former Mayor, Steve Daunt, Superintendent of Public Works, Chuck Mudge, Quality Engineer, Jeff Hansen from Workhorse Civil Design, and Consulting Engineer, John O’Malia from O’Malia Consulting. Jeff Hansen introduced the contractors involved with this project and several were present including: Renee Hufnagel and Vernon VanBuren from Vans Excavating, Project Manager, Manning Larson and Jeff Stollhans from Layne Northern, Rick Heineman from R. H. Electric, Shawn Scepka from Scepka Builders. Contractors not available that day was: Michigan Pipe & Valve, Peerless Midwest, Dmytryka Jacobs Engineers, Inc., and Consumers Energy.
Many people were acknowledged for their part in helping move the project forward which included: Kelly Hoffman from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Bond Attorney, Clark-Hill, Stauder, Barch & Associates, O’Malia Consulting, Workhorse Civil Design and the Perry City Council, Perry DPW and City Hall Staff.
Continue to check updates on how the project is going. The website will be adding pictures of the project as it progresses.
A Little History
Former Mayor, Steve Daunt researched and found that talks of the Iron Removal went back to 1963. He also found that one of the prime reasons the Village became a city was to improve water quality. The reasons they didn’t pursue were the costs involved.
Mayor, Ross De Lau remembered discussion as far back as 1973 for the Iron Removal Plants on a yearly basis but no motions were put forth.
Now the City Residents can look forward to the New Iron Removal Treatment to go online by approximately January 2009. After January, City Residents can look forward to more longevity for appliances, less staining to clothes and better quality of drinking water. The new well will provide three fully capable wells for producing water for the City, improve fire suppression, and help future supply for the needs of the City.
(Article as written in The Perry Independent)
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