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Grant discusses a ‘dry hydrant’ program

A program to install dry hydrants at various locations in Grant Township was a discussion item on the agenda Tuesday night.

Supervisor Day Dysinger said he had been discussion a possible project to install dry hydrants with Clare Fire Chief Jim Chapman. “This would lower insurance rates,” Dysinger said.

Former Clare Fire Chief Kent Randall said dry hydrants are pipes that go into a water source and allow for a quick connection for Fire Department water trucks, eliminating the time it takes to set up a drafting process. He said the Department of Natural Resources has grant funds available for this type of project.

Dysinger said he would like the board to consider the project for a year from now. “It is something for us to consider,” he said.

During his Clare County Sheriff’s Department Road Patrol report, Deputy Kevin Roland said he would once again be covering patrol in Grant Township. He said he will split his time between Grant and Surrey Township, and will be working four days a week instead of two. “The coverage will be better,” he told the board.

During Public Comment, John Urquhart said the public supported the additional road patrol in the township. “Grant Township is a safe place to live,” he said. He also commended the board for being “professional and accessible to the residents.”

In another matter Dysinger reported that the cost to brine the township roads has gone up eight percent or 1 cent per gallon due to increasing fuel costs. “It could mean $1,500 more for us,” he said.

Other business at the township meeting included adopting poverty guidelines for 2012; approving an extension for the AT&T right of way and approving bills totaling $118,100.79.