2017-01-26 / Front Page

New Rescue Truck Approved

By Erich T. Doerr

The Clark Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a new rescue truck at its Wednesday, January 18, meeting. Township residents passed a two-year, 0.85- mill tax levy in November to allow for the purchase of the truck among other rescue equipment.

The truck will be purchased from CSI Emergency Apparatus of Grayling, with O’Connor’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Pickford providing the truck chassis. CSI’s bid of $242,968 was the lowest the township received, with the truck they offered meeting or exceeding all of its required specifications. The township requested bids on a rescue truck from eight companies. It received three bids in response, with three more companies turning down the offer. The other two companies never responded.

The board approved a new master plan for Clark Township Wednesday. It will be in effect for the next five years. Clerk Susie Rutledge said there are no major differences between this plan and the old one, with most changes just being small updates to account for the current status of the township.

The board approved expanding its present contract with the Sault Ste. Marie-based U.P. Engineers and Architects to include $4,000 of additional work. The change will allow the addition of soil boring at the Cedarville Harbor project to set up a realistic budget for the upcoming construction of the harbormaster building. Construction of the new building on the western side of the marina is scheduled to begin later this year following the installation of new docks and ramps on its eastern side.

The board approved a change to the township’s building and zoning approval process designed to speed it up for smaller projects such as boathouses. The township’s planning commission and zoning board will now hold joint meetings to dis- cuss projects on jobs where the work requires a special use permit. The old process involved each project being individually sent to the zoning administrator then the planning commission and then the zoning board before being given the final go-ahead. At times that route could take up to four months to complete.

A bottomlands conveyance resolution was passed for local resident James Laing. The resolution gives Mr. Laing the township’s approval toward his efforts to build a dock at his private residence on Marquette Island. The issue will now move up to the state level for final approval.

The board awarded the township’s 2017 computer network support and maintenance service contract to Cedarville resident Sean Henrichs. Mr. Henrichs’ oneyear contract will see the township pay him $2,675 in exchange for technical support to maintain all of the township’s computers.

The board will ask a grant-writ- ing firm to help apply for a Sustain Our Great Lakes grant. The township is looking to receive some funding to help expand the scope of its work of its Hill Island bridge reconstruction project this year. If the township can land the grant, it could use the funding to add a place on the bridge for people to fish, increasing the area’s on-shore fishing opportunities. The township will need to submit its application for the grant by mid-February. The amount requested in the grant will be developed after speaking with engineers; the township will likely contact the Mackinac County Road Commission and R.S. Scott Associates before finalizing it. It will likely be in the range of about $400,000.

The meeting was the first of the year for the Clark Township board. The board will hold all of its 2017 meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. in the township hall on North Blind Line Road. According to Township Supervisor Gary Reid, the board decided to switch to morning meetings this year because it worked better with their schedules. The first daytime meeting was better attended, he said, than the previous nighttime one.

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