MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Spring is here and that means a bevy of tidying up to do for municipalities.
The Montcalm Township Board knocked out one spring task after the other at Wednesday’s meeting as they addressed lawn care, road work and an overall township cleanup.
The township board also purchased equipment and awarded contracts for outdoor maintenance and set four road repair projects for the construction season.
Lawn care and maintenance
First up for the township was the purchasing of $1,500 worth of tools that will help both the grounds crew and the fire department. Approved was the purchase of a power head system with a paddle wheel sweeper, limb trimmer and limb saw with an extension.
Supervisor Michael Adams said the equipment will help sweep parking lots, clear stones from the road side and more.
“It’s a really good system and I think it will save a lot of money, time and effort when we maintain the grounds,” he said.
The township board also awarded a bid for lawn care and sexton services at the township’s four cemeteries to a new company. The township had been contracting with Wolverine Landscaping, but Adams said the company’s owner had recently closed the business due to health.
The township board awarded the bid to Pro Lawn & Landscape in Greenville for a little more than $13,000. The other two bids did not include sexton services, something Adams said the township had wanted.
Cleanup and road projects
The township board scheduled a township clean-up date of May 24. The township will be accepting trash and debris free of cost on the date.
Also given the go ahead were four different road projects within the township, to be completed by the Road Commission for Montcalm County. The projects include:
• The crushing, shaping and paving of Fitzner Road from Colby Road to Pakes Road, a mile-long stretch. The cost of this project is estimated at $106,425.
• Spray brushing along local roadsides later to be determined by the township and road commission. The estimated cost of this project is $2,000.
• Crack sealing different locations to be determined by the township and road commission. The estimated cost of this project is $8,856.
• Overlay on Peck Road from Vining Road to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. The road commission will pay $71,000 of this project, with the township covering $8,000. The project is part of the Urban Federal Aid project slated for Peck, Vining and County Farm roads.