2018-03-11 / News

Village of Chesaning prepares for 2018 street improvements

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

VILLAGE OF CHESANING – During the Tuesday, March 6 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Village Administrator Troy Feltman provided an update on this year’s infrastructure projects.

He stated the top three street improvement projects are North Chapman Street, both the 100 and 200 blocks; Pine Street, from North Chapman to Front Street; North Saginaw Street, the 100 block; South Canal Street from Broad Street to Main; Volkmer Road, from Main to the village limits; and as an alternate, East Liberty, from South Main Street to the village limits.

These projects went out for bid the previous week.

“It’s dovetailing nicely with the bond sale. We should be ready to roll in May,” Feltman said.

He explained the bond sale is scheduled for April. The money will be available in May. “$1,250,000 is the target,” he said.

In other street improvements, Feltman talked about getting the county road commission engaged in chip sealing and fog coating as well. These treatments extend the life of the streets.

Councilman Matthew Hoover asked about getting the state of Michigan to perform a traffic study on the blinking light at the intersection of East Broad Street and Main Street to determine whether the blinking light should be turned into a four-way stop. He added that the study has to be performed while school is in session, due to the school bus traffic.

Feltman confirmed that the request had been made, but the village is on a waiting list.

Hoover also brought up the issue of caring for the rain gardens installed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as part of the 2016-2017 bridge replacement and improvements to M-57. Hoover suggested the village send MDOT a bill to cover the cost of maintaining the rain gardens, which are located in front of the post office and the River Rapids District Library.

Feltman responded, “They won’t pay it,” but acknowledged that it would then be on record as an unpaid bill. It was the village’s understanding that MDOT would reimburse the cost of maintaining the rain gardens. Feltman explained that the promise of reimbursement came from MDOT’s Bay County office, whereas it’s up to the Grand Rapids office to reimburse it.

Feltman said, “So, there will be a lot of work this summer. You’re going to see a wide array of projects; they’ll start soon. It should be an active summer. People will see their tax dollars at work.”

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