Grant Twp residents complain about Lorraine Dr.

July 10, 2014

The end of Lorraine Drive off Surrey Road near Otter Lake is unusable as a cul-de-sac because of the refuse left in the right-of-way.

The end of Lorraine Drive off Surrey Road near Otter Lake is unusable as a cul-de-sac because of the refuse left in the right-of-way.

By Pat Maurer

Earl and Martha Covell were at the Grant Township meeting one more time to try and resolve problems on Lorraine Drive where they live.

The couple say they have never seen gravel put on their road. “In seven years, they have never added gravel,” Earl said. “We have a cul-de-sac we can’t use and the road is nothing but sand.”

The road is near Otter Lake off Surrey Road. Supervisor Dan Dysinger said Tuesday evening, “We have issues down there.” He told the Covells that the Clare County Road Commission has jurisdiction over the road.

Dysinger said problems have been an ongoing issue on Lorraine Drive for some time. He cited the unusable cul-de-sac and residents who are using it to store junk, making it impossible to turn around at the end of the road.

Another resident asked if the Covells have approached the Clare County Road Commission about the problems there. “The Road Commission won’t do anything about it,” Martha said. “We have tried everything we can.”

“Our home was just built a few years ago,” Earl said. “When we were looking into re-financing, the value wasn’t there because of the property across the road. The property out there is depreciating because of the property across the road.”

Earl said a road grader did come down the road recently. “He didn’t have the blade down far enough to even push the sticks out of the road,” he said.

In another matter Dysinger said the work on Cornwell Road – ditching and new gravel – is still ongoing. “I have sent the application for gravel on Cornwell,” he said. “The estimate for materials is $35,000.” He said the cost of the road improvements there would be shared with Sheridan Township as the road (between Washington and Clarabella) is the townships’ border.

In other matters:

*Treasurer Tammy Shea reported that the summer tax bills have been sent out.

*Dysinger reported that the Board of Review would meet with residents on July 22 at 4 p.m.

*County Commissioner Leonard Strouse reported that the County Board is beginning work on the 2015 budget.

*Dysinger said the next road brining date will be July 29.

*The board approved bills totaling $64,703.64.

*A flyer available at the meeting said there will be an Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the old Clare County Transit building in the Airport Industrial Park at 4175 north Clare Avenue in Harrison.

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