Crystal board discusses, approves projects

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:57 am on Thursday, October 13, 2011

CRYSTAL — Remodeling work is nearly under way at the Crystal Community Center.
In preparation for EightCAP’s Head Start program and the Crystal Community Library to move in, the township board accepted bids on several construction projects.
“This is an important step in seeing some change take place,” said Township Clerk Bob Naumann.
The community center parking lot will be repaved and lined by Diamond Asphalt of Mount Pleasant at a cost of $2,980.
Windows in the building will be replaced by Greg Ray Construction of Crystal at a cost of $3,040 per window. The board decided to replace four of the 10 windows needing replacement, leaving six to be re-evaluated for bidding in the spring.
Elsie Excavating of Elsie will handle all excavating duties, including transport of sand, gravel and black dirt delivery.
The board selected Steve Worth to draw blueprints for remodeling two classrooms into one for the Head Start program. He is volunteering his time to draw the blueprints, which will cost $450 to print.
“We hope to have everything completed by January to avoid having to work in bad weather,” said Supervisor Charlie Braman.
Board members also approved a long awaited bike and pedestrian path on a 0.36 mile stretch of Sidney Road between Pine Grove and Sloan roads by paving an additional four feet on the shoulder on each side of the road.
The cost of the project is $32,946, $20,000 of which was donated by the local community.
The path is expected to make for a safer trip for bikers and joggers who enjoy circling Crystal Lake.
“The primary concern was safety,” Naumann said “That stretch on Sidney Road is at 55 m.p.h. By widening the shoulders, people can feel much safer about biking or walking down that stretch of road.”
Crystal Township Fire Department Chief Lonnie Fitzpatrick presented a bid to the township board on a proposed expansion to the fire hall. The bid estimated a cost of $31,000 for a 40 by 60 foot addition.
The addition would include four parking bays, allowing trucks that are currently housed elsewhere to be stored at the Crystal facility.
“We could really use the extra space,” Fitzpatrick said. “To have more trucks that much closer, it can really make a difference on response time.”
No decision was made on further efforts to move forward on the proposed fire hall addition.

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