Grant gets good news about old dump

An exploratory well to find the “confining layer” below the contaminents at the old Grant Township dump brought good news to the Township Board Tuesday evening.

Supervisor Dan Dysinger reported on the recently completed drilling project at the old dump site. “I met with AMEC Environmental Consultant and Project Supervisor Rob Dewyre and the good news is that a fairly thick confining layer was found at 85 feet,” he told the rest of the board. “They sampled every ten feet, and the great news is that the preliminary results show undetectable levels of PCBs, PNC and VOC. There were no issues with metals. Their recommendation is that the site should not be disturbed.” Dysinger said that the complete analysis and the report to the board would be done by the August meeting.

The board had budgeted $14,000 for the drilling. Dysinger added that there would be a $300 to $400 additional cost to set screen and casing on top of the confining layer (in the well).

The Board  also heard its first report Tuesday evening on the recent Eurasian Milfoil treatment at Five Lakes.

Five Lakes Association member Frank Oles reported that the initial on-site evaluation, a visual survey, reported that the lake’s condition was “poor.”

After the May 30th treatment of the recommended 45 acres [nearest the public boat launch], Oles said, and a treatment of the northern side shallow areas on June 4, an assessment by Professional Lake Management  of the treatment on June 9 showed positive results. “A few areas will need to be retreated for algae and milfoil,” Oles reported.

He also told the board that in consideration of possible future treatments, a $35 annual increase in the association dues was being considered. He said the association had raised $36,000 to pay for this year’s treatment.

The Township Board voted earlier to contribute $5,000 to the milfoil treatment at Five Lakes.

In another matter, Dysinger asked and was given permission in a unanimous vote to contact the attorney to find out if the Sheriff’s Department contract with the township required a referendum vote of the whole township. “I understand from the attorney that if it is a general fund expenditure, it is not a referendum issue, but I would like to send a letter to an explanation.”

In other business Tuesday evening:

*Dysinger reported that the lawn maintenance service, Methner and Sons Handiman Service, had been discontinued and Chuck Shayler hired as an interim lawn service. The board consensus was that he was doing a great job. A motion to continue his services through the end of the year was approved 4-0 with Treasurer Tammy Shea abstaining.

*The board approved a photographic contract with Northern Michigan Assessing. A contract for their services was approved earlier.

*Dysinger reported that the new budget for the fire department was approved. He said four dry hydrants were included in the budget.

*The board discussed an increase in the annual cost for waste collection from $95 to $100 and set a Public Hearing for the matter on August 14 at 7 p.m. A motion to include a notice about the hearing with the summer tax bills was approved.

*During Public Comment, Don Dysinger stressed the importance of the August Primary for the township. Three seats will be decided in the Republican Primary August 9. For Supervisor, Dysinger will face candidate Mike Coon. Two are running for trustee seats; Tom Kunse and Keith Yats who will vie for the seats of Richard Zinzer and Marjorie Bell. Clerk Sue Wentworth and Treasurer Tammy Shea are unopposed. During Public Comment John Urquhart, Al Demarest and Don Dysinger all lauded the board. “Your expertise is recognized ,” Urquhart said. “Grant is a crown jewel of the county.”

*Some complaints about the recent road brining and road grading were passed on to County Road Commissioner Dick Haynak. He asked that complaints be called in, “so we have a record and can follow up on them,” he said.

*The board approved payment of bills totaling $15,336.07.

The next meeting of the board will be July 10.