COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - There’s a major decision coming for the Coldwater City Council on what’s the best way to deal with the city’s four downtown parking lots, which are long overdue for upgrading and repairs. The costly options were reviewed by the Council last night with suggestions from an outside consultant. City Manager Jeff Budd will soon present his recommend course of action.
Consultant Randy Ramsey of Civil Engineers, Inc. of Battle Creek believes the optimum option is reconstruction of the lots, which would include milling and pulverizing existing pavement, allowing regrading to assure good drainage and replacement of most of the existing pipe and clear the way for the redesign and layout of the lots. That’s the most costly solution and when you throw in the necessary electrical upgrades, the overall price tag could approach 3-million dollars. Mayor Tom Kramer said the required electrical fixes are somewhat worrisome for local businesses that might have 60 amp service that functions just fine and is safe, but because of new codes, the box would have to be moved outside with the meter, prompting an upgrade of their entire system and that would probably spark a lot of questions from property owners. The last major maintenance on the lots happened twenty years ago.