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In Dragline’s Bucket

We, for one (or editorial two,) are happy the Presidential campaign debates are over. Some may have found them “shocking” but we thought them depressing, depicting both candidates in their worst possible light. Commercial developers and other project owners appear to feel the same, if the results of surveys conducted by the American Institute of Architects and the American Council of Engineering Companies are accurate. They seem to be picking up on a general feeling that investments need to pause until after the November 8th election. Do you have a double-breasted operation or are you considering such an operational structure? A federal case in Massachusetts is illustrating what can happen if you become lax in following the rules. If proven guilty not only may you have to fork over a lot of dough but a judge may hit you with prison time. Go To Dragline

Remediation Continues For Muskegon’s Windward Pointe

This week the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality released a $1 million grant to the city of Muskegon to assist in remediating brownfield conditions at the former Sapi paper mill property. Full Story

AGC/M Pro Development Set For November 9th

Professional Development Day, to be conducted November 9th by the Associated General Contractors of Michigan, features a morning long program covering subjects ranging from safety standards to negotiation skills. Full Story

Hearing Held On Proposed Huron County Wind Farm

On Wednesday evening of this week a public hearing was conducted at the Huron County Expo Center in Bad Axe concerning a wind overlay district being established for NextEra Energy Resources. Full Story

At UM, Marc Edwards To Discuss Leaded Water Crisis

A civil engineering professor from Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnical Institute & State University,) whose efforts were critical in alerting Michigan to the lead contamination in Flint’s water supply, will be giving a lecture on Tuesday, October 25th, on the north campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Full Story

Leelanau’s Sugar Loaf Resort May Return To Life

Hope is rising in Leelanau County that a new owner may emerge to renovate and restore the Sugar Loaf Resort, which has been closed since 2000. Full Story

Charlevoix Schools Plan Auxiliary Gym Addition

At its meeting this week the board of education for Charlevoix Public Schools agreed to proceed with planning for an auxiliary gymnasium as an addition to the Charlevoix Middle/High School building. Full Story

Hudson Broadcasts RFPs For WWTP Upgrades

This week the Hudson City Council authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the design/build delivery of an estimated $5 million in improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Full Story

Grand Rapids Planners OK New Safe Haven Home

A site plan and rezoning request by Safe Haven Ministries new emergency shelter, with offices for administration and counseling services, has been approved by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission and awaits final approval by the city commission. Full Story

Littman To Address DACA Members November 22nd

David L. Littman, senior economist with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, will be the featured speaker at the November 22nd meeting of the Detroit Area Construction Association. His topic: “The Election Is Now Over: Who Wins And Who Loses?” Full Story

GRCC Seeks Funds For Applied Tech Center Update

At its meeting this week the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees approved a state capital budget request of $6.36 million toward a $12.7 million renovation and expansion of the college’s Applied Technology Center. Full Story

VA Seeks Qualified Architects For Elevator Upgrades

A pre-solicitation notice for architect/engineer services has been posted by the U.A. Department of Veterans Affairs for the upgrading of existing elevators at the Aleda R, Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw.  Full Story

Jackson Hospital To Build Education Center

A $1 million grant presented by the Weatherwax Foundation will be assisting in plans by the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital in Jackson to construct a center for health education and innovation. Full Story

Detroit’s Vacant Home Blight Demolition Returns

This week the city of Detroit announced the release of $42 million in federal funds for Detroit’s blight removal program, the first installment of a new $130 million blight allocation for the city. Full Story

AA Planners To Consider South Maple Apartments

Listed on the November 1st agenda of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission  is the South Maple Apartments project, requiring a site plan approval, rezoning, and annexation. Full Story

Fundraising To Launch For Veterans Monument

A fundraiser kickoff ceremony is scheduled for November 10th at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester for a veterans tribute monument planned by Oakland Township for the corner of Adams and Silverbell roads. Full Story