Breitung Township reviews plans to pave eight roads

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

QUINNESEC – Breitung Township is moving forward with plans to pave portions of eight roads in 2014.

During their Monday meeting, members of the Breitung Township Board of Trustees agreed to submit the list of projects to the Dickinson County Road Commission to let out for bids.

Roads on the list include Timber Lane, Fumee Lake Drive, and portions of River Street, Cemetery Lane, Brule Street, Mellen Street, Menominee Street, and South Park Avenue.

The estimated cost of all projects is $349,380, which is $23,380 more than budgeted.

Township Supervisor Denny Olson emphasized that the board has not yet approved payment for these projects. Actual prices, not estimates, would be required for approval.

Trustees John Gaudette and Ben Peterson each said that they had suggestions for which roads could be cut from the list if the actual prices end up exceeding the budget.

One of those roads was Cemetery Lane.

Lance Malburg, road commission engineer, suggested that paving work on Cemetery Lane be coordinated with the railroad’s work on the Cemetery Lane crossing. He added that the railroad is looking at upgrading the Powder Lake Road crossing and one more crossing in Dickinson County this year.

Both the Cemetery Lane crossing and the Spruce Street crossing in Vulcan are up for consideration, said Malburg.

On a related matter, Malburg informed the board that he is seeking a grant to make improvements to Pine Mountain Road from the Kingsford city limits to U.S. 2.

He did not have many details, but he asked the board for a letter of support for the grant just in case.

The board authorized Township Superintendent Joe Rogina to draft the letter if and when Malburg needs it.

In other business, the board:

– Agreed to waive the township’s noise ordinance until midnight on the evenings of July 24 and 25 in the Quinnesec area only to allow for festivities at the 2014 Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Tournament.

Normally, the noise ordinance is in effect from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Rogina said that there will be live music and loudspeakers in use until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. on those nights.

The waiver is only for events directly related to the tournament.

– Authorized Township Clerk Samantha Coron and her deputy clerk to attend an election seminar on March 12 and 13 in Marquette. The township will cover mileage, meals, and lodging, if necessary.

– Approved to dispose of excess computer equipment by giving it to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. All of the computers’ hard drives have been removed and put in storage in case the township ever needs the information stored on them.

– Directed Rogina to move forward with updating the administrative policy manual. The manual will first be reviewed by the township attorney to ensure that all policies and procedures comply with current state and federal laws.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.