Sault Ste. Marie (Michigan) Commission agrees to updated agreement with University

Sault Ste Marie Michigan City Hall

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The city commission passed a few motions last night during it’s regularly scheduled meeting.

One of the issues brought to the attention of the commission was the updated information in the agreement between the Fire Department and LSSU in regards to helping train students.

Both the city and the school recognized the need for some updates to the contract based on COVID-19 and the changes were noted on the agenda for this evening.

“With the need for heightened personal safety from the transmission of viral infections such as COVID-19 during an epidemic or pandemic, the need for clinical agencies to specify additional measures to be adhered to was necessary,” according to a statement on the agenda. “Included in the updated agreement is language pertaining to LSSU supplying all student PPE, the wearing of masks, and language which automatically stipulates a hiatus of clinical rotations at the Fire Department if there is a sudden outbreak or change in the status of face-to-face education.”

The new agreement was passed as part of the consent agenda for the evening.

Three other items were up for discussion and passed without much issue. The 19th avenue repaving project was passed after a brief discussion about policy with a budget of $62,000. The project will be completed by Payne & Dolan from Kinross. They will pave a 500 ft section of 19th avenue from 1-75 business spur to Ashmun street. According to City Manager Brian Chapman, this is a 10-year Band-Aid solution.

Two engineering companies also got the go-ahead from the commission. SmithGroup, Inc. will receive about $720,000 to design the Carbide Dock Port Rehabilitation and C2AE will receive $325,000 for work in designing the Easterday Ave. project.

The next meeting for the commission will be on October 5, 2020.

By: Dan Gray