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State Funds Available To Fund Consolidation Move; Saugatuck Officials Question CRC Report Page 3 Police Union Negotiations Ongoing; Douglas City Manager Optomistic Deal Will Soon Be Signed Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING July 26, 2013 Vol. 11 No. 30 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Saugatuck Township Road Projects This Summer To Cost $634,200 Efrain Sandoval Correspondent Earlier this month, Saugatuck Township Trustee Jonathan Phillips, who is chair of the township’s road committee, reported that the budgeted funds for road improvements projects that are in progress for the summer total $634,200. The township’s resurfacing projects are to coincide with Allegan County’s own resurfacing project at Lakeshore Drive, the latter which the township is expected to contribute towards and merely consisst of a small specific portion ($9,311 will install three-foot asphalt shoulders on Wiley Road). Local projects to be funded completely with township road funds include the resurfacing—which depending on the condition of the road condition may or may not incor-porate existing asphalt into the base—of 62nd Street, 131st Avenue and Silver Lake Drive as well as the resurfacing of 63rd Street from M-89 to Riverside Road. Among other improvement projects, there will be a replacement of the twin corrugated metal pipe cul-verts with a single concrete box cul-vert on 63rd Street at 127th Avenue. as well as the addition of a gravel layer at Riverside Road from the end of the pavement east of 62nd Street to the southeast to the corner of 60th Street and 126th Ave. Funding is provided by two road levies that are set to expire and for which Saugatuck Township offi-cials will seek renewals in order to keep the current level of funding for road maintenance, as well as the township’s road fund balance. “Of particular significance is that all construction and heavy maintenance road improvements are funded on a pay-as-you-go basis that is completed with no borrowings or interest expenditures,” states a recent press release by the township. The Allegan County Road Commission has jurisdiction over township roads, designs and engineers and also oversees the contractors who construct and maintain the roadways. The budgeted cost for county services are typically for 10% of a project’s expense, according to Saugatuck Township Manager Aaron Sheridan. The Saugatuck Township 2011 through 2017 Road Plan is available online at http://www.saugatucktownship.org/r oads/roads.html and serves as a guide for local projects dependent upon renewal of two extra voted millages for township road maintenance. The first millage will require renewal in the upcoming August 6, 2013 election and the sec-ond millage expires December 31, 2013. Public Growing Impatient With Delayed Plans To Dredge Kalamazoo Lake Fox 17 News Associated Press Some folks in Saugatuck and Douglas are growing impatient with the public officials who have pledged to dredge channels in Kalamazoo Lake, near Lake Michigan. There are plenty of sand bars and shallow areas in the lake that regularly hang up boaters who aren’t familiar with the low water levels there. “It’s pretty shallow,” said Matthew Thompson. “You see Sea-doo’s every single day getting stuck out there along with some smaller boats that shouldn’t really be getting stuck.” The subject of dredging became a sore spot for some residents after the process didn’t begin as early as expect-ed. Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere explained what areas they had planned on target-ing. He said the dredging plan starts in the southern channel and winds around by Tower Marine and the site where the Keewatin was sta-tioned. They want to dredge that existing channel and extend it down further into the Douglas area so small boats can travel to restaurants and shops there. He said the Harbor Authority also wants to dredge an area on the opposite side of the lake near residential homes. Third, they want to dredge a channel in the center of the lake that filled with silt over the winter. “There used to be a channel right down the middle that’s essential-ly closed off,” said LeFevere. LeFevere said they’d hoped to start dredging two weeks ago on the $2,000,000 project. However, they must now delay it by another few months. In fact, they just got their permits into the Department of Environment Quality at the begin-ning of July. City leaders delayed the process because they were looking for a cheaper location to dump silt. Currently, the plan is to transport the silt by pipeline to an area at the waste-water treatment plant, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. “We’re challenged because this is a Superfund site,” said LeFevere. Because there have been years of buildup of pollutants from old industrial plants on the Kalamazoo, the DEQ requires a con-tainment site that meets its specifica-tions. City Manager Bill LeFevere said, “The testing that has to be done. There’s nothing easy about getting ready to dredge in this lake.” For now, they’ll stick with the site by the wastewater plant, which is DEQ approved, but he says they can change their mind if they find another suitable site. “We’re impatient too. We really wish that we could have been dredging, by this time,” said LeFevere. If the permit they submit-ted in July is approved, LeFevere said they could be dredging sometime in the fall.

Saugatuck Township Road Projects This Summer To Cost $634,200

Efrain Sandoval Correspondent<br /> <br /> Earlier this month, Saugatuck Township Trustee Jonathan Phillips, who is chair of the township’s road committee, reported that the budgeted funds for road improvements projects that are in progress for the summer total $634,200. <br /> <br /> The township’s resurfacing projects are to coincide with Allegan County’s own resurfacing project at Lakeshore Drive, the latter which the township is expected to contribute towards and merely consisst of a small specific portion ($9,311 will install three-foot asphalt shoulders on Wiley Road).<br /> <br /> Local projects to be funded completely with township road funds include the resurfacing—which depending on the condition of the road condition may or may not incorporate existing asphalt into the base—of 62nd Street, 131st Avenue and Silver Lake Drive as well as the resurfacing of 63rd Street from M-89 to Riverside Road. <br /> <br /> Among other improvement projects, there will be a replacement of the twin corrugated metal pipe culverts with a single concrete box culvert on 63rd Street at 127th Avenue. As well as the addition of a gravel layer at Riverside Road from the end of the pavement east of 62nd Street to the southeast to the corner of 60th Street and 126th Ave.<br /> <br /> Funding is provided by two road levies that are set to expire and for which Saugatuck Township officials will seek renewals in order to keep the current level of funding for road maintenance, as well as the township’s road fund balance. <br /> <br /> “Of particular significance is that all construction and heavy maintenance road improvements are funded on a pay-as-you-go basis that is completed with no borrowings or interest expenditures,” states a recent press release by the township. <br /> <br /> The Allegan County Road Commission has jurisdiction over township roads, designs and engineers and also oversees the contractors who construct and maintain the roadways.<br /> <br /> The budgeted cost for county services are typically for 10% of a project’s expense, according to Saugatuck Township Manager Aaron Sheridan. <br /> <br /> The Saugatuck Township 2011 through 2017 Road Plan is available online at http://www.saugatucktownship.org/roads/roads.html and serves as a guide for local projects dependent upon renewal of two extra voted millages for township road maintenance.<br /> <br /> The first millage will require renewal in the upcoming August 6, 2013 election and the second millage expires December 31,2013.

Public Growing Impatient With Delayed Plans To Dredge Kalamazoo Lake

Fox 17 News Associated Press<br /> <br /> Some folks in Saugatuck and Douglas are growing impatient with the public officials who have pledged to dredge channels in Kalamazoo Lake, near Lake Michigan. <br /> <br /> There are plenty of sand bars and shallow areas in the lake that regularly hang up boaters who aren’t familiar with the low water levels there. <br /> <br /> “It’s pretty shallow,” said Matthew Thompson. “You see Seadoo’s every single day getting stuck out there along with some smaller boats that shouldn’t really be getting stuck.”<br /> <br /> The subject of dredging became a sore spot for some residents after the process didn’t begin as early as expected. <br /> <br /> Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere explained what areas they had planned on targeting.<br /> <br /> He said the dredging plan starts in the southern channel and winds around by Tower Marine and the site where the Keewatin was stationed. <br /> <br /> They want to dredge that existing channel and extend it down further into the Douglas area so small boats can travel to restaurants and shops there. <br /> <br /> He said the Harbor Authority also wants to dredge an area on the opposite side of the lake near residential homes.<br /> <br /> Third, they want to dredge a channel in the center of the lake that filled with silt over the winter. <br /> <br /> “There used to be a channel right down the middle that’s essentially closed off,” said LeFevere.<br /> <br /> LeFevere said they’d hoped to start dredging two weeks ago on the $2,000,000 project. <br /> <br /> However, they must now delay it by another few months. <br /> <br /> In fact, they just got their permits into the Department of Environment Quality at the beginning of July. <br /> <br /> City leaders delayed the process because they were looking for a cheaper location to dump silt. <br /> <br /> Currently, the plan is to transport the silt by pipeline to an area at the waste-water treatment plant, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. <br /> <br /> “We’re challenged because this is a Superfund site,” said LeFevere.<br /> <br /> Because there have been years of buildup of pollutants from old industrial plants on the Kalamazoo, the DEQ requires a containment site that meets its specifications. City Manager Bill LeFevere said, “The testing that has to be done. There’s nothing easy about getting ready to dredge in this lake.” <br /> <br /> For now, they’ll stick with the site by the wastewater plant, which is DEQ approved, but he says they can change their mind if they find another suitable site. <br /> <br /> “We’re impatient too. We really wish that we could have been dredging, by this time,” said LeFevere. <br /> <br /> If the permit they submitted in July is approved, LeFevere said they could be dredging sometime in the fall.

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