Tests at old Grant Twp dump bring good news

By Pat Maurer

Grant Township heard some good news Tuesday evening.

Supervisor Dan Dysinger reported that Environmental Consultants AMEC have completed testing at the old Dump site – Section 18, and according to consultant Rob Dwyer, “1,4 dioxane is not present on the site.”

Dysinger said the township had a request from the Department of Environmental Quality on February 14 that 1,4 dioxane, a solvent used commonly in manufacturing processes, be included in the new testing program. “1,4 dioxane was never included in the testing criteria previously,” he said, “However the DEQ placed a requirement to test for the solvent in the testing program planned.” He said they had been planning to test several residential water wells east and south of the old landfill area on Harrison Avenue and Surrey Road. The old dump is located on the corner of Surrey and Harrison Avenue.

He also noted that the solvent had been found in excessive amounts in only one place in Michigan – Washtenaw County.
He said that AMEC recommended that the landfill be tested for 1,4 dioxane first before any residential wells. “The August 26 testing confirms that 1.4 dioxane is not present,” he said. The tests included VOCs or volatile organic compounds including the solvent and metals including arsenic, barium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, manganese and zinc. At the meeting Dysinger said it was extremely good news and the results would be sent to the DEQ.

“We will be discussing further testing program criteria after the final compiled reports are completed, likely after October or November this year,” Dysinger said. “Our estimated costs for this test were approximately $5,500.”

Another discussion was held at the meeting about right-of-way encroachment problems reported on Lorraine Drive in the Lakeside Resorts Subdivision over the past couple of years. “The township has no legal authority over roads, except those granted by State Law,” Dysinger reported in a synopsis of the situation. The County Road Commission is the authority.

He requested board approval to contact the township attorney about the matter , which he said have “progressively worsened,” with some residents using the cul-de-sac and road right of way to park vehicles and store items, making it nearly impossible for service vehicles, trash service, road brining and county road grades to use the cul-de-sac.

Dysinger said he has contacted the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, the County Road Commission and the County Prosecutor about the matter without much success. “It is now time to bring closure to this subject,” he said.

The condition and maintenance needs of the Township Roads was also discussed again. Dysinger reminded everyone that there will be a Public Forum on the Roads on September 23 at 7 p.m. in the township hall to discuss the ten –year plan and a possible millage request in November, 2014.

The board also approved the $315,308 bill for this year’s road work from the Road Commission.

Road Commissioner Dick Haynak urged the board to explain why some roads were repaired and others could not be because, “They are beyond maintenance and need total reconstruction. People just don’t understand it,” he said.

Other business at the Grant Township meeting included:

*a reminder that a free tire recycling event sponsored by Lincoln Sanitation for township residents only will be held September 21st from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the township hall. Residents will be able to bring tires from passenger cars and trucks only to the site. Each load of tires is limited to seven tires, he said, and stressed that no commercial tires will be accepted.
*an update on the proposed special assessment for aquatic weed control at Five Lakes with more information coming at future meetings.

*a reminder that there will be a Public Hearing on October 8th at 7 p.m. prior to the regular meeting to approve the transfer of property from the township to the City of Clare pursuant to the Urban Cooperation Agreement between the two. The property is on Colonville Road, and the site of a new proposed Industrial Park for the City. The transfer is necessary for the City to apply for an infra-structure grant.

*the approval of bills totaling $319,317.23, which includes the seasons road construction. A motion to transfer funds to cover the roadwork was also approved.

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