At Monday night's meeting of the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council, the members unanimously approved a contract worth $240,000 with Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc.—the city's engineer.
In an interview after the meeting, Grosse Pointe Woods Treasurer and Comptroller Dee Ann Irby said that money is just the beginning of a much larger Sewer Revolving Fund project to repair sewers in Grosse Pointe Woods.
That $240,000 is only the first installment to be spent on the SRF project which will cost $4 million in total, Irby said. She added that the $4 million will come from a low-interest loan from the state of Michigan, which AEW will file for.
Part of the $240,000 is "for (AEW) to make an application to the state of Michigan for the loan on our behalf," Irby said.
But Irby added that the $240,000 is also for "engineering functions" performed by AEW and for AEW's meetings with contractors.
Irby said that it is understood that this project will be ongoing and it will continue on in the future, but that city council still needs to approve the project as it progresses in each stage.
"I don't have the authority to spend money without their approval so I can't write a check to AEW ... without them knowing," Irby said.