By Pat Maurer
Work began this week on more than 17 miles of paved road repairs in Grant Township, Supervisor Dan Dysinger reported Tuesday evening.
He said bids were opened and accepted and the total project cost to the township will be $319,327 for overband crack fill (crack seal) on approximately ten miles of pavement and Chip and fog seal on an additional five miles of township roads.
Finally the project includes an asphalt overlay on one mile of Dover road from Clare Avenue to Eberhardt and on mile of Beaver Ave/Maple Road from Washington Road to Harrison Avenue. The two miles of overlay’s will cost nearly $175,000 with the township share at almost $140,000. And the CCRC paying $35,000 of the cost.
The board approved the construction agreements with the Clare County Road Commission at a Special Meeting on May 20th.
Crack sealing had already begun on Surrey Road near Jay’s Sporting Goods, audience member Doug Dysinger reported at the meeting.
Dan Dysinger said work on Beaver Road (just south of Ludington Avenue between Clare and Farwell) and on East Dover Road between Grant and South Clare was scheduled to start Thursday morning according to information he was given by Roe Engineer Steve Clark.
Dysinger said the total cost would leave funds to upgrade between one and two miles of gravel roads as well.
The work this year will only complete one year of a ten-year plan developed by Roe Engineering to maintain the township’s roads. The study showed that costs to maintain the current road surfaces in the township would exceed $4 million over the ten years.
The board will host a public forum on the local road needs on September 23 at 7 p.m. to see if residents want to vote on a road millage in 2014. “That is the only way we will be able to continue with road maintenance, Dysinger said at an earlier meeting.
Some questions about the township’s chloride application on the gravel roads also came up at the township meeting Tuesday.
Doug Dysinger said he had heard from several residents that were unsatisfied with the road brining. Board member Marge Bell also noted that Eberhart Road south of Surrey was still dusty. Dan Dysinger said he would look into the matter and contact the company Michigan Chloride Sales.
Other business at the meeting included:
*Needed Hall repairs on that improvement project were discussed.
*The summer new letter was approved. Dysinger reported on one item in the newsletter, a scrap tire collection for residents only. Lincoln Sanitation will host the event and said it is for passenger car and pickup truck tires only. Michigan law prohibits transport of more than seven tires without a permit, so residents with more than that number will have to make more than one trip, Dysinger said.
*Treasurer Tammy Shea reported that summer tax bills will be sent out in July.
*Bills totaling $34,724.70 were approved.