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Do you think the new federal rule, issued last August, on what constitutes the “Waters of the United States” is justified? Apparently it needs a lot more study, according to a federal appeals court. In a case filed by 18 states, including ours, it has issued a stay. This returns the situation and the Clean Water Act authorities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers back to where they’d stood before. On essentially private developments that are being provided some assistance from the federal government, when does the prevailing wage law apply? That’s the question at the heart of a court case in Washington, D.C., about the City Center project. While privately funded the major mixed use development is rising on land own by the District, under a 99 year lease. Using a drone for commercial purposes in violation of FAA rules can get you in hot water fast. One company has been hit with a seven figure fine for flights it conducted in Washington, D.C., and the windy city of Chicago. A drone is not a toy and is capable of crashing into catastrophes.  Go To Dragline

U-M Regents To Weigh Seven Projects Thursday 

Starting at 3:30 pm on Thursday, October 15th, the University of Michigan Board of Regents will meet in the Riverfront Center on the Flint campus and review and make decisions on seven construction projects with a total value exceeding $27.8 million. Full Story

Marquette Reviews Service Center Schedule Tonight

At its meeting beginning at 7 pm tonight the Marquette City Commission is to get an update from its design/build team regarding the project schedule for its new Municipal Services Center. Full Story

Freeland Schools Brief Voters On Bond Proposal

An information session on the $22.4 million bond proposal on the November 3rd ballot for Freeland Community School District will be held on October 14th starting at 7 pm. Full Story

ARTBA Honors Hardman For Its Safety Programs

At the recent national convention of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Hardman Construction, Ludington, received its top safety award for contractors working 500,000 and lower hours. Full Story

MEDC Backs Five Projects Worth $14 Million

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of five community development projects that will generate nearly $14 million in total investment around the state.  Full Story

Major Muskegon Hospital Projects Launch In 2016

Updating its project schedule, Mercy Health Muskegon reports design schematics and design development documents are now underway for its $271 million medical tower project.  Full Story

Mackinaw City Casino To Be Discussed Thursday

Following last Thursday’s public meeting on plans by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians to build a casino in Mackinaw City, the village has placed the casino issue on its agenda for its meeting on Thursday, October 15th. Full Story

Dowagiac School Bonds To Fund 3-4 Years Of Work

At community meetings conducted by Dowagiac Union Schools about its two school bond proposals totaling over $37 million on the November 3rd ballot, details about project scheduling were outlined. Full Story

VA Seeks Mechanical Engineer For Iron Mountain Center

The Veterans Administration Great Lakes Health Care System has issued an solicitation for an open ended contract for mechanical systems design at its Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Full Story

Dearborn Schools Considers Administration Center Work

During a study session last week the board of education for Dearborn Public Schools discussed the future of Administration Service Center housed in the Ten Eyck Building. Full Story

Escanaba Planners OK Marketplace Proposal

Last Thursday the Escanaba Planning Commission approved the site plan for the proposed marketplace planned for the 1500 block of Ludington Street. Full Story

Cheboygan On Track For New Water Tower

Tom Eustice, city manager for Cheboygan, last week discussed planning for a second water tower during a meeting of the city’s Downtown Development Authority.  Full Story

New Medical Building Coming To Iron Mountain

Last Thursday the board of trustees for the Dickinson County Health Care System approved a preliminary project schedule for a $10.1 million medical office building. Full Story

Washington Township Funds Underground Projects

Washington Township in Macomb Township has successfully negotiated the sale of $16,225,000 in bonds for its current capital improvements, to finance wastewater and drinking water system construction. Full Story

River’s Edge Apartments Proposed In Grand Rapids

Last week Orion Real Estate Solutions, located in Grand Rapids, announced plans for a new apartment building by the city’s Canal Street Park along the Grand River. Full Story

Gladstone Offers Bond Issue For Building Projects

When Gladstone voters face the November ballot one of the proposals on it will be authorization for the city to sell up to $2.35 million in bonds to finance capital improvements. Full Story