By Pat Maurer
Grant Township took the final step Tuesday evening to put a ten-year, 3-mill request for road maintenance and improvement on the November ballot.
The board unanimously approved the wording for the request, along with wording for the renewal of the fire millage.
The ballot wording for the road millage approved by the board will read:
“Shall the 15-mill tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Grant Township, Clare County, Michigan, be increased by 3 mills ($3.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) and be levied for ten (10) years, 2015 through 2014 inclusive, for the purpose of construction and maintenance of public roads within Grant Township, raising an estimated $285,969 in 2015?”
Supervisor Dan Dysinger had suggested that the millage begin in 2014, to pay for roadwork in 2015. Treasurer Tammy Shea said that would affect the collection of taxes and make many of the tax bills incorrect. “It would create a problem,” she said.
After some more discussion, the board agreed that the millage should not begin until the 2015 year.
The other proposal on November’s ballot will be the four-year renewal of 1.1 mills for fire protection in the township.
The board also approved the contract and payment of $145,972 to the Clare County Road Commission for two miles of asphalt overlay on Maple Road between Harrison Avenue and the Clare City limits.
The project is the first part of $200,000 in road maintenance scheduled for this year. The rest of the funds will go for gravel road improvements. Dysinger said the completion of ditching work on Cornwell Road should begin this week and the gravel work should be done in a week to ten days.
The board also discussed Merle Harmon’s sale of Lincoln Sanitation to American Waste, Inc. of Kalkaska.
Harmon notified the board in a letter dated May 30, saying “The sale is expected to be completed with an effective date of June 15.” At the meeting he said the closing would be Friday, June 13.
American Waste employs 400 and serves 30,000 customers in 15 counties, with a landfill near Cadillac and a recycling facility in Traverse City. Corporate offices are in Kalkaska with facilities in Charlevoix, Traverse City, Cadillac and Gaylord.
“They are a family-owned company,” Harmon wrote, “with philosophies that mirror ours when it comes to providing excellent service and a positive working environment…”
Harmon said as part of the sale he accepted a position with the company and will continue to manage operations in Clare County and Osceola. He said they will continue to operate from the Lake George facility.
Dysinger said the board has been extremely satisfied with the service the township has gotten from Lincoln Sanitation and was pleased to hear that service will continue with the new company.
To conclude the meeting, Dysinger said brining dates for the township have been set for June 12 and July 29.
The board also approved the payment of $167,444.84 in bills, which included the $145,972.16 payment for Maple Road work.