By Pat Maurer
The Grant Township Board approved signing a Property Transfer Agreement with the City of Clare that is the final step, under the UCA (Urban Cooperation Agreement) between the two entities, to move 200 acres along Colonville to the jurisdiction of Clare City.
Sixty acres of the property will become the new Industrial Park North, and Consumer’s Energy will build a new $4 million service facility in the park, to be completed early in 2015.
Development of the Industrial Park, a $4.78 million project will be funded through and EDA grant and local funds garnered through taxes on property in the park.
The board also approved a motion to become a “Participating Partner” in the new Federal “Promise Zone Initiative.” Five regions will be selected (across the country) each year for the next four years…and “the selected regions and all participating partners within those regions will receive priority funding for all federal grants and related federal economic incentives for a period of ten years. The Promise Zone Initiative has the primary objective of ‘investing and partnering with high-poverty urban, rural, and tribal regions to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment and reduce violent crime.”
A request that the board provide additional property records to the County Equalization Department was not approved by the board. “Sketches and pictures of properties are not required, if people want them, they can contact the township and we will give it to them,” said board member Marge Bell.
Supervisor Dan Dysinger reported on the landfill report saying, “The recent tests show ‘no risk’ from our landfill. We are one of the ten to fifteen percent who do not have an issue.” He said he would be recommending to the Department of Environmental Quality that testing only be done every five to seven years. “Those tests are very expensive,” he said.
Roadwork for next year was also discussed at the meeting. Dysinger said the township would have $180,000 available for roadwork and another $20,000 is earmarked for brining. Two overlays are planned for Kapplinger by Five Lakes and Surry Road between Hall and U.S. 127, with costs between $140,000 and $160,000. The remainder of the funds will be used for gravel road improvements.
Dysinger also reported on the rate multiplier for 2014 taxes, a 1.6 percent increase.