MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Nine road projects have been approve by the Montcalm Township Board to be completed this season.
During Wednesday night’s meeting the township board continued its discussion from its April meeting regarding road repair for this year.
In April, Supervisor Michael Adams said the township has saved enough money to have $175,000 to improve the some of the roads throughout the township. During his first year as supervisor — three years ago — the board only had $40,000 in the fund. Last year it increased to $105,000, according to Adams.
Adams was unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting, however, Clerk Carol Rosebrook read a prepared statement from Adams about the decision on which road projects to do.
According to the statement, considerations was given all proposed problem areas in the township and the decision was made based on the amount the township had budgeted.
“We are limited on funds,” said Adams in his statement, adding he understood there could be frustration from some residents.
Adams has been working with roads committee member Doug Crowley and Road Commission for Montcalm County Director Mark Christensen on which roads should be done.
Crowley said in order to bring all the roads in Montcalm Township to only “good” condition, it would cost about $1.7 million.
“That is a pretty substantial amount of money,” Crowley said.
The project list that was approved Wednesday night includes:
• Machine wedge and seal Dickerson Lake Road starting a half mile east of Satterlee Road then east to first curve, which is a shared cost with Pine Township — $10,992.
• Purchase crack-seal emulsion to be applied by private contractor — $8,856.
• Crush, shape and pave on Colby Road from Fitzner Road to Vining Road — $51,244.
• Machine wedge and seal Fitzner Road from Sidney Road to Holland Lake Road — $30,864.
• Machine wedge and seal Colby Road from M-91 to Youngman road — $25,732.
• Gravel resurface Ferris Road from Peck Road to Wise Road, which is a split cost with Sidney Township — $2,953.
• Spot gravel where needed on local roads in the township — $8,055.
• Fitzner Road from Peck to Fuller roads — $8,377.
• Spray brush — $2,000.
Plus a previously approved road upkeep for dust control, which will cost $16,000.
Altogether, the projects will cost $165,073. However, the township has to include a 10 percent overrun for safety that totals to $14,90730 — bringing the whole project total to $179,980.30.
“In the years I have been here, we have not needed (the over run), which is how we have been able to save up the money,” Adams said in his statement.
If something does happen to where the township would need to pay the overrun, Adams and Crowley said road commission officials have said they will roll over the additional $4,980.30 to the next budget year.
In his statement, Adams said the township is still working to save money to address other problem areas, but said in order to get them done faster, the township might have to consider a road millage.
“That is many something we should start thinking about,” Adams said.
During the meeting, a resident asked about the culvert on M-91 just south of the township hall as it has started to wash out.
Crowley said it has not been closely looked at, but knows about its condition and said trees that have recently been removed close to the culver could have added to its condition.
“I would consider it kind of a dangerous area,” said Crowley, taking note of the concern.