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LETTER: Use local workers and contractors

To The Telegram, I attended a Superior Plan Commission meeting on Oct. 18, representing the Northern Wisconsin Building Trades along with Rick Drolson from the Boilermakers Local 647. We were given a presentation from Tom Donofrio from Superior W...

To The Telegram,

I attended a Superior Plan Commission meeting on Oct. 18, representing the Northern Wisconsin Building Trades along with Rick Drolson from the Boilermakers Local 647. We were given a presentation from Tom Donofrio from Superior Water Light & Power.

At that point, I addressed the planning commission, which consists of Mayor Dave Ross, Jeff Vito, Jason Serck, Ed Anderson, Tom Bridge, John DeVinck, Barb Doherty and Jim Sigfrids, with my concerns about hiring local people for this project. The commission said it would entertain the thought of us explaining a project labor agreement to the city council when the job got closer to being bid out for construction.

Last week, Mr. Donofrio contacted me with information that the SWL&P water tower had in fact been awarded to Chicago Bridge & Iron. This company is located in Plainville, Ill. They listed some of their subcontractors, and they are from out of the local area.

I am hopeful that the prevailing wage ordinance will be enforced along with acquisition of certified payrolls for this upcoming project. My biggest concern is the fact that we weren't notified, as told, of being able to explain the need to hire local help through a project labor agreement.

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I personally am a taxpayer, a customer of SWL&P, and live in South Superior where this project is being built and want to express my disappointment as to how this matter was handled through the city's plan commission. If the city is going to boast the need for economic development, it is in my opinion that this should start with local workers and contractors. We will not recruit out of town or state construction workers to move to Superior. Retain the people and trained workforce that we have here. We are the Superior people of today and our children are the Superior people of tomorrow.

-- Daniel Olson,

Superior

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