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Beline Obeid

Teamwork shows after water main break

September 26, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A large water main break just after midnight Saturday, Aug. 31, in the 800 block of Lakeshore illustrates teamwork among Grosse Pointe cities that benefitting residents but may not be recognized.

“The roadway had substantial damage,” said Brett Smith, Shores public works director. “We had to cut our 1-year-old asphalt and make a patch.”

His crew received help from Park public works employees.

“Their assistance was amazingly helpful,” Smith said.

Teamwork restored water service sooner than otherwise.

“Collaboration between communities in the Grosse Pointes takes place regularly, almost daily,” Smith said. “However, it goes unnoticed.”

Sewer fix

A new policy letting Smith seek engineering services from more than one firm saved the city about $9,000 in sewer repairs on South Deeplands, he said.

The best bid he got was $13,000 until a competing firm arranged another contractor to do the job for less than $4,000, Smith said.

“Flexibility is nice to have,” he said.


Wide Open West doesn’t want to sell cable TV and Internet service in the Shores.

“They’re not interested,” said Mark Wollenweber, city manager. “I’m not going to give up on this.”

He intends to contact more senior company representatives.


A Cummins backup generator recently installed on a concrete slab behind the public works garage is an example of city-wide infrastructure improvements being conducted as part of the Honeywell project.

The new boiler at city hall is delivered.

“It’s being plumbed and installed,” Smith said.

A new boiler for the swimming pool at Osius Park was tested last week, prior to securing the pool for winter.

The liquid pool covering is installed.

Mechanical work in the public works department is completed.

Smith anticipates new sewer pumps to be operational by the middle of October.

New overhead doors in the DPW garage plus window, door and lighting upgrades to all municipal buildings are on tap.

A new air handling system at city hall will be operational by the end of the year.

“Decorative street lighting on Lakeshore, Vernier in the municipal park will be changed to LEDs,” Smith said.

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