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Parks and Recreation Board Formation

The City of Wakefield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is now accepting applications. You
may apply online, by email or by mail. Applications can be mailed to 509 Sunday Lake Street,
Wakefield, MI 49968 with attention to City of Wakefield Mayor or emailed to If you have any questions, you may call the City Clerk at
906.229.5131 ext 1002.

PR Application
Background form

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Finding attainable housing is a challenge in our region as it is across the State.  The Statewide Housing Plan was released in 2022 to provide a framework for the work required to increase affordable, attainable housing for all Michiganders.  As part of this plan, 15 Regional Housing Partnerships (RHPs) were formed to implement the Goals and Strategies found in the Plan.  With the help of many people across the region, WUPPDR has put forth a draft Western UP Housing Action Plan.

The plan can be found here:  Housing — WUPPDR

Our community’s feedback on the plan is vital to the success of the goals and strategies chosen by the RHP committee. Included on WUPPDR’s website is a short survey to collect feedback from interested citizens.  The survey will be open until September 25th.

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City of Wakefield

Wakefield, Michigan

Water System Improvements Project

Sealed Bids for the construction of the Project will be received at the Wakefield City Hall located at 509 Sunday Lake Street, Wakefield, MI 49968, until Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 1:00 PM local time. At that time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read.

The Project in general consists of Approximately 18,500 feet of water main replacement/installation on multiple streets, along with customer service lines, fire hydrants, valves, and other typical water system appurtenances, HMA paving and other surface restorations.

Bids will be received for a single prime Contract.  Bids shall be on a lump sum and unit price basis as indicated in the Bid Form.

The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc., 100 Portage Street, Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 482-4810, Chris Holmes, Prospective Bidders may obtain or examine the Bidding Documents at the Issuing Office on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm, and may obtain copies of the Bidding Documents from the Issuing Office as described below and at the following Builder Exchanges: Delta County, Iron Mountain, Hurley, Marquette, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, McGraw-Hill Dodge, Construction Association of Michigan, Wausau and Builders Exchange of Wisconsin.  Builders Exchanges are authorized to share the contract documents with other exchanges.

Bidding Documents may be obtained from the Issuing Office during the hours indicated above. Printed Bidding Documents may be obtained from the Issuing Office upon payment of a $150.00 refundable deposit for each set (refundable for the first set only), plus a separate $150.00 non-refundable handling fee for each set of contract documents, payable to “U.P. Engineers & Architects”. Alternatively, bidding documents are available as portable document format (PDF) files for a non-refundable charge of $50.00. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including Addenda if any, obtained from sources other than the Issuing Office. Shipping is not included in the costs listed above.

Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.

There will NOT be a Pre-Bid Conference.


Financing for this project is being provided by the United States of America acting through Rural Development of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rural Development will, therefore, require approval by its representatives of all Contracts, attachments, and similar documents, all partial and final payments, and all change orders. Davis Bacon wage rates are not required for this project.

Section 746 of Title VII of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (Division A – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017) and subsequent statutes mandating domestic preference applies an American Iron and Steel requirement to this project. All listed iron and steel products used in this project must be produced in the United States. The term “iron and steel products” means the following products made primarily of iron or steel: lined or unlined pipes and fittings, manhole covers and other municipal castings, hydrants, tanks, flanges, pipe clamps and restraints, valves, structural steel, reinforced precast concrete, and construction materials. The deminimis and minor components waiver apply to this contract.

This Advertisement is issued by:

Owner: City of Wakefield

By:         Robert Brown

Title:     City Manager                   Date: 6/8/2023


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WATER BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED – Water may be used without boiling.

Press Release
Contact Information:
Robert A. Brown Jr, City Manager City of Wakefield
Office: 906.229.5131

For Immediate Release
WATER BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED – Water may be used without boiling.

Wakefield, MI. (May 8, 2023)- The City’s water samples are tested by White Water Associates
laboratory, certified for drinking water analysis by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The City submitted four consecutive sets
of tests, twenty-four hours apart, with no traces of Coliform or E.Coli. White Water Associates lab
results verify that the municipal water system is safe and no longer needs to be boiled.

In the coming months, the City will continue to work with consultants, engineers, and State
agencies to identify well-head improvements to mitigate future disruption of the municipal water

We wish to thank the contractors, consultants, engineers, the Michigan Department of Environment,
Great Lakes, and Energy, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, Gogebic Range Water Authority,
and our employees who worked to restore our drinking water operations.
Additionally, we thank those who have been impacted for their patience and understanding.

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Drinking Water Warning Update – May 7th

Press Release
Contact Information:
Robert A. Brown Jr, City Manager
City of Wakefield
Office: 906.229.5131

For Immediate Release – DRINKING WATER WARNING Sunday test results and continue to boil water.

Wakefield, MI. (May 07, 2023)- On Saturday, May 6, 2023, the City collected samples from our
municipal water supply. The samples were collected from the City’s source water sampling point
and two locations within the City’s distribution system. The source water sampling point is where
the raw water from the aquifer enters our water system before the addition of chlorine and
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy require two sets of samples,
taken twenty-four hours apart, from both our source water sampling points and distribution sites
to return negative results before lifting the water boil may be considered. The second set of
sample testing yielded four negative results from distribution sites and source water sampling
The City anticipates the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and the
Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, will make a determination on Monday, May 8,
2023, regarding the lifting of the Water Boil Advisory. Until a decision is made, the Water Boil
Advisory remains in effect.
Please follow the Gogebic Range Water Authority’s Facebook Page and website for up-to-date
information regarding their operations and Water Boil Status.
If you have questions concerning this matter, please contact Dave Semenak, Water Operator, at

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Drinking Water Warning

Our water system testing detected a fecal indicator (E. coli) in the City of Wakefield’s wells (pre-treatment). As our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. On April 24, 2023, we collected a sample from the City of Wakefield’s wells. The sample tested positive for E. Coli. We are now conducting additional sampling of the well to determine the extent of the problem and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the source of the contamination.
The City of Wakefield is actively working with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and EGLE. Please continue to monitor our Facebook Page for updates.

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