Colonville Road construction set to begin this summer

By Pat Maurer

A $2.3 million project to reconstruct nearly a mile of Colonville Road is scheduled to begin this summer, said Clare City Manager Ken Hibl.

After a Public Hearing March 3, Clare City Commissioners authorized a Community Development Block Grant application which will pay $599,940 of the project cost. The rest of the funds include a $1.5 million private investment by Northern Logistics during the next two years, $100,000 in local contributions and an $112,000 investment by the City, with those funds including $50,000 from United States Department of Agriculture bonds and $62,000 from existing City street funds.

Northern Logistics has also agreed to add 60 new jobs in the two year period of their investment – through 2016.

The actual construction is estimated at $802,000. The City share of the project will be offset by an agreement with consumers to pay to “run three-phase” electric service to the new Clare North Industrial Park on Colonville Road, which would have cost the City about the same amount as their contribution to the road improvements, Hibl said.

Consumers has purchased twenty acres of the new Industrial Park and will begin construction this year on a new estimated $4 million service center. They plan to move their operations to the new service center next year from their present location on Third Street downtown.

Work on the new Industrial Park is also scheduled to begin this year.

Hibl added that he expects that the CBDC (road grant) will be approved in the next few weeks.

“The road project will reconstruct East Colonville Road from its present deteriorated state to a three-lane all season road capable of supporting significantly increased truck and heavy equipment traffic to and from the new Industrial Park,” Hibl said in his agenda report.

He said the road construction will be completed this year.

In another matter at the regular meet March 3, the Commission gave their approval of demolition bids for a house at 630 Vangee. The matter has been an ongoing concern at the City for several months.

The Commission also approved a $19,900 proposal for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality mandated work at the Hatton Township Landfill.

Other business at the meeting included:

*Approval of a fireworks permit for the Summerfest Celebration;

*Approval of an amendment to the Engineering agreement and checklist with Gourdie Fraser and Associates;

*Approval excusing Mayor Pat Humphrey from both February and the first March Commission meetings;

*Appointment of Dennis Purkis, John Kline and Jeff Punches to the Board of Review and Jim Mishler as alternate.

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