By Pat Maurer
Beginning January 1, Surrey Township will be managing their own transfer station.
The Surrey Township Board made the decision at the last meeting and have announced the change to Surrey Township residents in a notice. “We will no longer be serviced by Waste Management,” it said.
“Our mission in the process of managing our facility is to bring better service to our community and save money in that effort.”
One change the township is planning is the elimination of “Clean Up Week” each June. Instead residents will have a punch card to get rid of large household items with six free drop-off visits allowed during the year. “Our recycling program should be staying the same at this time, but we are working towards being able to recycle more in the future,” the notice said. “The days, times and workers of the Transfer Facility will not change.”
At their regular meeting Tuesday, the board approved a $500 monthly “lease to buy” agreement with American Waste Haulers of Cadillac for a compactor for the Transfer Facility and also approved American Waste as the waste company that will pick up refuse at the site with those charges based on weight of the refuse hauled away.
In another item on the agenda, the board voted to pay Waste Management for services through the end of the year, a $30,000 expenditure.
They will be taking bids for plowing and salting at the Transfer Facility.
Following notification of a contract increase from Greenscape, the board decided that they will take bids for mowing at the old landfill site and at property next to the Transfer Facility.
Other business at the meeting included:
*A budget adjustment adding approximately $17,000 to revenues in the Lake 13 Fund and an increase in expenditures in that fund totaling $17,000. The fund is used for Lake 13 Association improvements.
*A report from Fire Chief Dave Williams that the new garage doors are installed and that the purchase of four nozzles, approved at an earlier meeting, will cost $2,100 with shipping. He also said it will cost approximately $3,000 to repair the department’s old truck engine.
*County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported on two awards given to Clare County; the Broadband Hero’s Award and for being a Certified Connected Community, the seventh in the nation. “We have 18 towers covering the county now,” she said. She also reported that the Central Michigan District Health Department received a Community Health award and would be donating $600 to each community.