Eureka to place two millage renewals on August ballot

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:39 am on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Eureka Township Board Monday approved wording for two millage renewals to be placed on the August primary election ballot. Pictured, from left, are Supervisor Rodney Roy, Clerk Linda Ruwersma, Trustee Jeremy Austin and Trustee Posekany. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong


EUREKA TOWNSHIP — Residents of this township will be asked to vote on renewing two separate millages in August — one of which will support fire services and the other policing.

The two requests, the wording of which was approved Monday by the Eureka Township Board, will ask voters to renew a 0.75-mill request (fire services) and a 1-mill request (police). If approved, both millage renewals would begin this year, but would cover different lengths of time.

The 0.75-mill renewal request is estimated to raise around $94,000 each year from this year through 2017. The funds collected would help cover the township’s cost to the city of Greenville for contracted fire services.

“This covers just our operating cost,” Treasurer Cindy Hanson said. “Pretty much our contract to Greenville.”

The 1-mill renewal request is estimated to raise just over $125,000 beginning this year and operating through 2019. The funds raised would cover operation costs as well as equipment.

“We do use some of this money to buy the Taser and some of the different things,” said Clerk Linda Ruwersma.

In other business, the board approved a bid for lawn care at the township’s cemeteries to North Woods of Belding. The contract covers mowing, trimming and other general lawn care services.

Also related to the cemeteries, the board voted in favor of allowing “memory stones” to be placed at sites in a cemetery. A recent request was made by a family member of a decedent buried in the cemetery to place a memory stone at the grave. The stone would be in memory of another family member, whose cremated remains were to be spread elsewhere. The board opted to allow stones to be placed for no cost on lots already purchased.

The board also approved 10 road projects to be performed by the Road Commission for Montcalm County this construction season. The total cost of all the projects is $107,178.

“We would still be under budget,” Supervisor Rodney Roy noted.

The road projects include:

• Resurface the gravel on South County Line Road from River Road to Berridge Road.

• Resurface the gravel on West County Line Road from M-57 to Baldwin Lake Road.

• Wedge and seal Baker Road from Johnson Road west to end of pavement.

• Overlay Spring Valley Court from Wise Road south to the dead end.

• Seal coat Slawson Lake Road from Lynwood to Baldwin Lake roads.

• Seal coat Alfred Place, Hebert Drive and Kathryn Drive.

• Wedge and seal River Oaks Drive and River Oaks Circle.

• Spray brush along local roadsides to later be determined.

• Wedge and seal Riverside Drive.

• Crack seal locations later to be determined.

An 11th project that would wedge and seal West County Line Road from Wise Road to M-57 is possible, but the board pulled it from the approved list to see if Kent County would share in the cost.

“If we approve doing it, we won’t get any assistance with it,” Trustee Marty Posekany said.

The project, which is estimated to cost around $40,000, will be placed on next month’s agenda for consideration.

The board also scheduled a township cleanup for May 30. The township will also collect and dispose of up to 17-inch tires for $1.50 each that day.

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