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Public Works Office Highlights
MACOMB COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE
Anthony V. Marrocco, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner, discusses progress on the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor rehab project at a ground breaking ceremony for Contract 4 at a construction site near Ten Mile and the ITC Corridor in Warren. The $160 million project will restore the structural integrity of the giant transmission line that serves 850,000 residents in Macomb and Oakland counties.
The Drain Board for the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor is shown inside a section of ten foot diameter sewer pipe waiting to be installed on Contract 4. The Drain Board members are, from left, Commissioner Marrocco; Mike Gregg, Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chairman; and Jim Nash, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, Secretary.
Shown in blue is the route of the massive Oakland-Macomb Interceptor. The 22 mile long pipe, in sizes ranging up to 12 foot diameter, was purchased from Detroit in 2009. It is the sole sewage transmission line for 850,000 customers in 25 municipalities in Macomb and Oakland counties. The Drainage District embarked on a $160 million rehab and repair project in 2010 to restore the interceptor’s structural integrity in order to prevent a sewer collapse and loss of service. Four contracts have been let to date, with two more scheduled to be bid out this fall to wrap up the program.
Drain Board members, contractors and engineers team up for a group photo of the groundbreaking for Contract 4 of the OMI rehab program. Contract 4 was awarded to Jay Dee Contractors, Inc., of Livonia in the amount of $46 million. Pictured from left are John Hiltz of OHM, Karen Ridgeway of Applied Science, Gordon Wilson of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Keith Swaffer of NTH, Commissioner Marrocco, Board Chairman Gregg, Commissioner Nash, Tom Diponio of Jay Dee, Fritz Klingler of FEK Engineering and Steve Benedettini of Spalding Associates.
The Public Works Office management team is shown at the construction site. They are from left, William Misterovich, Chief Deputy, Jason Matteo, Chief Engineer-Wastewater, Commissioner Marrocco, and Richard Sulaka, Deputy Commissioner.
Clinton River Canoe Classic
Canoe racers line up for the start of the second annual Clinton River Canoe Classic sponsored by Commissioner Marrocco. The event draws entries from around the state and Canada. It is held to draw attention to the Clinton River as a regional environmental resource.
A highlight of the pre-race activities was a skyboarding exhibition on the river by an intrepid water enthusiast from Viscosity Sports of Harrison Township.
All in all, it was a great day on the river for racers, sponsors and fans. Pictured here with Commissioner Marrocco, right, is Lynne Witte, president of the Michigan Canoe Racing Association and Andrew Triebold of Grayling, Michigan, winner of the single person canoe race and a purse of $1,500.
Clinton River SpillwayHabitat Restoration Project
The Clinton River Spillway was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1950 to provide flood control for Mount Clemens, Clinton Township and Harrison Township. It is a 2½ mile long, 80 foot wide man-made channel that runs in a southeasterly direction through from approximately Gratiot to Lake St. Clair near Metro Parkway.
In 2011, Commissioner Marrocco, on behalf of the Clinton River Spillway Inter County Drain Drainage Board, received a NOAA-GLRI (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) grant for the planning and design of habitat improvements on the Clinton River Spillway.
The Project Team identified an opportunity for a $11-13 million investment in habitat restoration (aquatic and terrestrial), water quality improvement, invasive specie control and upgraded access, recreation, and flood conveyance improvements within drainage district property.
Habitat restoration will include the Lake St. Clair estuary, riverbanks, nearbank areas, riparian corridor, floodplain and off-channel habitats which will provide diverse fish spawning, rearing, and refuge habitats for northern pike,yellow perch and a variety of warm and coolwater species. Lake St. Clair contains one of the most diverse fish communities in the Great Lakes with 45 different species. The Spillway contains 35 species, with the emerald shiner, spottail shiner, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish and brook silverside being the predominant classes.
The winning entry in the 2014 environmental calendar
contest for county third grade students, sponsored by Commissioner Marrocco, was submitted by Kiera Gatzemeyer of Endeavor Elementary, New Haven Community Schools.
Shown above are 4th and 5th grade winners of a contest depicting art work to promote saving our planet and its natural resources by reducing, reusing and recycling. The winners are, first row, from left: Abigail Wrobel, Rose Gutierrez, Kaitlin Christman and Abigail Costello; second row, from left: Kathryn Kemp, Mariah Green and Sydney Weiler. Not pictured is Julia Mulder.
An overflow crowd cheers the winning third grade artists at a ceremony held in the Macomb County Intermediate School District Building in Clinton Township. Pop, chips, pizza and cake were furnished to an appreciative audience.
Cattle crossing on North Branch of Clinton River cleared of
huge debris jam
Commissioner Marrocco and Barb Matthews of Public Works ponder a huge debris pile located at the site of an old cattle crossing on the North Branch of the Clinton River near Little Road and Cass Avenue in Clinton Township.
100 years ago the concrete abutments supported a bridge across the North Branch of the Clinton River to allow cattle to reach grazing land.
The giant obstruction was cleared by contractor Oceanview Excavation, thanks to a grant obtained by the Public Works Office from the Michigan Department of Environmental
Work moves along on the
Clintondale Pump Station
A wall goes up on an accessory building at the Clintondale Pump Station near Shook and Union Lake roads in southeast Clinton Township. The pump station delivers sanitary flow from the northeastern portion of the Macomb County Wastewater District. It is undergoing a $30 million improvement to bolster service to wastewater customers.
Map shows the location of the Clintondale Pump Station in southeast Clinton Township.
A temporary bypass was constructed to maintain sewer service during work on the pump station and interceptor lines. The project is expected to be completed in late 2014.
The Clintondale Pump Station services 186,455 Macomb County residents in Chesterfield, Clinton, Harrison and Lenox townships and village of New Haven. It is a major component of the Macomb County Wastewater Disposal District.
The existing pumps at the
Clintondale Pump Station are 41 years old. They will be replaced with more efficient, state of the art pumps and motors.
County drain gets upgrade
The Lewis Drain near M-59 and Garfield Road in Macomb Township, is shown above in its prior condition, as constructed when the adjacent condo complex was developed. The drainage district received an environmental makeover recently, thanks to a $160,000 low impact design grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and plenty of hard work by volunteers from the Lakeside Condominium Association, Chrysler Group, LLC and Macomb County Public Works .
The end result is a 750 foot long facelift of the drain with a 50 foot wide natural buffer on either side. A mulch blanket was set in place to stabilize the soil during the plantings. The project will restore the natural habitat in the area and improve water quality by replacing ordinary landscape grass with select native plantings, shrubs and trees. The Lewis Drain discharges to a drainage network that ends up in Lake St. Clair. The Lewis Drain was established as a county drain in 1901, 113 years ago.