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Published October 20, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Engineers from Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick brought forward a change order that adds $183,580 to the projected cost of the 10 Mile Road sanitary relief sewer project after unforeseen boulders and unknown sewer leads disrupted work on the largest project currently ongoing in the city.

“We ran into some boulders. We ran into some very unique utilities coming through the construction site, that were not known by anyone, that were hit by the shaft,” said Kyle Seidel, senior project engineer with AEW, at the Oct. 16 City Council meeting.

He said the added charges amount to about 7.5 percent of the total $2.4 million contract, but members of City Council expressed concern that the contractor was asking for more money on a project that had already experienced delays and may have led to the flooding of two residential homes.

Mayor Kip Walby said that he had been contacted by the owners of two homes on 10 Mile Road whose basements flooded during the course of the work. The contractor, M-K Construction, denied responsibility to the city. City Manager Mike Smith said that the city is still working with the contractor’s insurance company to get it to pay for the damages, but St. Clair Shores has already helped the residents clean up their homes.

“The only explanation that we have is that there was vandalism on the site,” Seidel said, explaining that a pipe was broken by sheet metal that the contractor says it did not put through the pipe.

“Whether it’s vandalism or not, the contractor’s responsible for protecting his site,” Walby countered. “It’s their responsibility to protect their site.”

Regardless of the alleged damage, Seidel said that the process has been slowed and made more costly by the boulders that had to be removed for the microtunneling process to continue. Because microtunneling was $300,000 less than the traditional open-cut method of installing a sanitary sewer line, even with the change order, “We should end up less (expensive) than the open-cut construction,” he said.

Delays have also been caused by the contractor cutting back on overtime after the city did not pay a progress payment the first week of July, when City Council did not hold a meeting.

Community Development and Inspections Director Chris Rayes said, however, that the contractor was notified that City Council wouldn’t have a meeting July 3 at a progress meeting between the city and the contractor.

While some members of City Council said they would not want to pay the extra money to the contractor, City Attorney Robert Ihrie stressed that “sometimes issues come up” in a multimillion-dollar project such as this. The issues, he said, are not best resolved by withholding payment.

“My concern is that nonpayment will just exacerbate the issues,” he said. “The best way to get the project completed and to abide by a contractual obligation ... is to pay the payment that is due.”

Walby pointed out that the city has paid more than 50 percent of the contract already, but there is “still a significant amount of money sitting out there.”

Council members voted unanimously to approve the progress payment and the changes to the contract.

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Published October 20, 2017

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Published October 19, 2017

A 32-year-old Eastpointe man is in custody, accused of robbing at least two CVS pharmacies this month at gunpoint.

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Published October 18, 2017

St. Clair Shores Police are looking for a man they suspect of robbing the CVS store Oct. 17 on Harper Avenue at 13 Mile Road.

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Published October 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When children are placed into foster care, they often cannot take anything with them and arrive at a foster home with nothing to call their own.

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Published October 15, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Trick-or-treating and Halloween fun returns to St. Clair Shores this month with the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee planning its annual Halloween Fun Fest Oct. 29 at Veterans Memorial Park.

With cider and doughnuts, trick-or-treating for children 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult, music, hayrides, kiddie rides, a petting zoo and bounce houses, it’s something the committee spends nearly an entire year getting ready for local children.

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Published October 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Where better to celebrate bootlegging on Lake St. Clair than at the heart of where alcohol was smuggled into Michigan during Prohibition?

The second annual Bootlegger Bash will be held at Blossom Heath Inn, 24800 Jefferson Ave., 6-11 p.m. Oct. 27. 

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Published October 13, 2017

St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Parish was established in December 1927 by Detroit’s bishop, Michael James Gallagher, making the parish 90 years old this year. The parish’s first pastor was the Rev. Joseph L. Fillion. The first Mass was celebrated on Dec. 8, 1927, in the “Newberry Stores.”

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Published October 11, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Although Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind as to whether the furnace or air conditioning is needed on any given day, the fact remains that as the calendar counts down to winter, more and more residents will need to switch on their heat.

But will it work?

Heating and cooling experts all recommend an annual check of the furnace to make sure a professional can catch any problems before the outside thermometer dips.

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Published October 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Halloween is a scary time of year, with ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner, but for the millions of families managing food allergies, the most frightening thing about it is often the treats.

“What people might not know is that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. have a food allergy,” said Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications at Food Allergy Research and Education.

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Published October 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Offering everything from books to music, DVDs to online magazine rentals, admission to local museums and more, it can seem like these days the library is the place to get everything.

Now, it’s also offering free online tutoring — available without ever leaving home.

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Published October 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Around the world in 80 days? How about five hours?

Lake Shore Public Schools students got to mingle with students from Spain, Germany and China during a recent International Summit at the high school Oct. 3, learning about cultures, languages and working together to solve problems.

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Published October 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A home first acquired by the city in 2015 for $6,600 was approved for sale by City Council Oct. 2. 

Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes said that, all told — with holding costs, acquisition and improvements to the house — the city ended up spending $98,000 on the house in the 20000 block of Maple while it was in its possession from 2015 to 2017. The city made $42,000 on the sale of the house, which was approved for sale for $150,000.

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Published October 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Work will begin on the remaining boat wells at Blossom Heath Park this month, after delays earlier in the summer.

“The contractor had to pull off because we had some issues with Miller Marina and some setback issues that (the engineering firm) didn’t catch,” City Manager Mike Smith said. 

Because of the delay, the contractor, Marine One, then moved on to another job and couldn’t come immediately back to St. Clair Shores to finish the work.

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida, state officials put out a call for help.

With the anticipated storm surge and expected flooding, Florida needed to be ready with aid for its residents.

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Published October 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ninety years ago, St. Clair Shores wasn’t an incorporated city, but it began serving residents with its own Fire Department. 

“It’s a big year for us; this is our 90th anniversary,” said firefighter Scott Campbell. 

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Published October 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Driving around the city, it’s easy to see that many residents take pride in their property, but some go above and beyond with their efforts.

It is those residents that were honored by the Beautification Commission and City Council with the 2017 Beautification Awards Sept. 18.

“These are the people we love to have in St. Clair Shores,” said Mayor Kip Walby. “They care about their city. They care about their home and they do so much for the city.”

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