Eureka Township adds Baldwin Lake Road to project list

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:36 am on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Eureka Township Board decided to conduct a complete overlay of a half mile stretch of Baldwin Lake Road after hearing Kent County will not be able to assist in funding roadwork needed on West County Line Road. From left, Trustee Elaine Pendrick, Treasurer Cindy Hanson, Supervisor Rodney Roy and Clerk Linda Ruwersma discuss the project. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong 

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — This township’s board didn’t get the answer it was hoping for when it asked Kent County Road Commission if it would share in the cost of much-needed repair to West County Line Road, so it decided to instead go ahead with work on Baldwin Lake Road.

“The county said no, they used all their funds up as far as extra funds from this past winter,” said Township Supervisor Rodney Roy.

The board had tabled the decision on whether it would add this portion of road to its 2014 summer roadwork project in hopes Kent County would share in the cost because the road is a split between the counties.

Township officials said Monday that wasn’t going to happen, but were hopeful it could be added to the 2015 summer road project.

The board, which still had around $50,000 to spend of its $150,000 road budget, decided to shift those funds to pay for a complete overlay of a half mile of Baldwin Lake Road.

Trustee Brad Kelley said it was the board’s duty to use the budgeted money to complete projects.

“We should still look at doing Baldwin,” he said. “If we have the appropriate funds in there to do it, we should use it. It’s taxpayers’ money to be used for what it needs to be used for.”

The estimated cost of the complete overlay of a half mile of Baldwin Lake is around $40,000 and is also much needed.

“I was really concerned too because when I go down there, it’s really beat up,” Clerk Linda Ruwersma said.

In other business, the board scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday at the township hall to interview four candidates for the township’s assessor position.

The board will interview at least four candidates for the position, for which they will continue to accept resumes this week.

The position became available when longtime assessor Linda Miller resigned last month due to medical reasons. Miller had been the township’s assessor since 1994.

If interested in applying for the position and taking part in Monday’s interviews, candidates should contact the township hall at (616) 754-5053.

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