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Grant Township plans road study

Tuesday evening, Grant Township Supervisor Dan Dysinger reported on the road assessing program that has been contracted with Rowe Inc. of Mt. Pleasant. A report on the completed assessment of the condition of the township roads will tentatively be presented at the August meeting, Dysinger reported to the township board.

He noted that the cost of the assessment study will be shared equally with the township by the Clare County Road Commission. In a regular meeting in late April the Clare County Road Commission agreed to pay 50% of the costs with Grant paying the other 50%.

Rowe Inc. is Grant Township’s Engineering Consultant, with offices in Mt. Pleasant, Flint, Lapeer and Grayling.

“The total cost for the Study, creation of priorities, reports and plan is $6,820.  Grant Townships share is $3,410 and CCRC is $3, 410.” he added in a phone interview Wednesday.

Dysinger said, “We had originally intended to use $300,000 in funds we had set aside for work on the township roads this year. Those plans were tabled because of a memo from the late Clare County Road Commission Engineer Steve Stocking which said many of the county roads are ‘structurally deficient’.”

In an email later Wednesday, Dysinger said, “Stopping the process and proceeding instead with this study helps to ensure we have a better end product with the money spent,” Dysinger said. “We are also aware that some roads in the Township require more extensive rebuilding and costs for these types of repairs/ restoration is very costly.”

He added that a ten-year plan for road improvements in the township would be developed. “We haven’t had a plan since the last one ended four or five years ago,” he said.

The study by Rowe Inc. will include:

1.  Import framework (software application) and complete visual inspection of existing roads.     (This was completed in the last part of June) This included upgrading and using the Road Commissions Software program used for Road Condition Assessments.

2.  Creation of cost estimates for proposed improvements.    (this is being developed currently and a rough draft will be available in late July)

3.  Meeting with Township Board and Road Commission regarding implementing any agreed projects.

4.  Creation of a 10 year plan whereby possibly each year a project could be targeted.

5.  Presentation of the final plan hopefully for the August meeting.

Dysinger said, “We entered into this agreement with Rowe Inc. in May hoping for a project yet this year.  However, we also realize that the process of bidding and reviewing bids takes time and summer runs out too quick for us.”

“The plan submitted in August may only be a draft depending on meetings with the Clare County Road Commission,” he added.

In another matter, the Grant Township Board unanimously approved a governmental agreement and contract with bill of sale to transfer the ownership of the emergency siren located near the old dump site.

The township was notified this spring that the siren would have to be updated to “narrow band” or taken out of service. The board had decided not to make the $2,000 investment for the changes since the siren is located in an area that isn’t very populated.

Clare City proposed moving the siren to a location on the north end of the City [east side of Bus U.S. 127], City Treasurer Steve Kingsbury reported, “Where it would serve a nearby subdivision, the north end businesses, part of Grant Township and part of Sheridan Township.”

Trustee Dick Zinser said moving the siren and updating it for narrow band use would be “good for both the townships and the city.”

The siren, which will relocated in the near future, was sold to the City for $10.

As part of new business, the board unanimously approved motions to advertise for bids to replace an exterior door and to make parking lot improvements at the township hall. Dysinger read the proposed specifications for each of the bids to the board.

A request from township resident Gerald Schmiedicke that the township help with the cost of weed control in a privately owned pond on his property was denied by the board.

Dysinger noted that the decision to contribute towards the cost of weed treatment at Five Lakes this year came after months of planning and discussion about the deterioration of the lake, which has a public access and is an all-sports lake used by residents and visitors alike.

The board also heard a report from Detective Kevin Roland on road patrol activities over the past month; heard that the July Board of Review is scheduled for July 17 at 4 p.m.; and the schedule for road brining has been changed to July 20.

Finally the board approved the payment of bills totaling $67,142.68.

A public hearing on a proposed $5 annual increase in the special assessment for rubbish service was set for Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. before the regular meeting.