2010-12-16 / News

Funding May Be a Challenge for Gorman Road

St. Ignace Township will further delay making a decision on whether to approve the rebuilding of Gorman Road, a $275,600 project tentatively slated to begin next spring, the board decided Thursday, December 9.

The township, which would need to approve the project with the Mackinac County Road Commission by March, now has less money in its road fund than anticipated, after factoring in $22,500 recently spent on the rebuilding of Carp River Bridge on Mackinac Trail, a $45,000 township project completed in November by the road commission.

On Gorman Road, half of the project cost ($137,800) will be required up front, and the other half when the project is completed. Right now, the township has $162,263 in its road fund, but will collect $50,000 from its annual road millage for 2010 and 2011.

After adding that tax revenue, the township would still be $13,337 short. The difference could possibly be transferred from the township's general fund, Township Clerk Donna Harju speculated, but the board has yet to consider all of its options.

According to the proposal for the project, which would pave 2.3 miles of the road with asphalt, the county road commission would be responsible for engineering costs. All of the road's culverts would also be replaced.

The township's office, formerly housed at Township Supervisor Dale Nelson's residence, will be moved to the township hall on Gorman Road sometime this spring for greater convenience, the board decided. The purchase of a new computer, to be chosen at a later date, was approved for the new location.

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