05-21-2020 Coloma Twp. approves fire truck purchase, upfront payment means $22,000 savings; $10.7 mi

GLIMPSE OF THE PAST… As a long vacant dollar store building was demolished in Coloma this past week, the revealed bricks reminded many of the “Badts Super Drug Store” it used to be, bringing back memories of soda fountains, crochet goods and small town service. Talk around town is that an auto parts store may be going up in its place.

Coloma Twp. approves fire truck purchase, upfront payment means $22,000 savings

By Annette Christie The Coloma Charter Township Board held their May 13, 2020 meeting via teleconference. Clerk Sandy Kraemer led the meeting with Supervisor Ken Parrigin. North Berrien Fire Rescue Chief Mike Mattix was on hand to discuss the upcoming purchase of a fire engine. It will be replacing a 1993 pumper that is their reserve truck. Mattix said staff worked for a lengthy time to create the specifications in the request for proposal. It went out to seven companies and they received four back. Once they began checking the proposals, they determined that one of the bidders could be eliminated due to not meeting specifications as requested in the request for proposal. The department selected the bid from KME. The truck they will be ordering holds 1,000 gallons of water, a 30-gallon foam tank, a 6-man cab, and 390 cubic ft. of storage space. The bid was for $741,570. The manufacturer offered two options – pay up front and receive $22,000 off the price or pay 50% down now and 50% upon delivery and receive a $9,400 discount. The fire department, which is governed by representatives from the municipalities of Hagar Township, Coloma City, and Coloma Charter Township, all have a millage in place specifically for replacement apparatus. Each one has a percentage of expenses that they cover (Coloma Township 46.5%, Coloma City 12.41%, and Hagar Township 41.09%). Mattix said it could take 390-420 days to build. The Coloma Township Board approved their portion of the truck ($334,600) and recommended paying up front to save the additional $22,000. Mattix has had discussions with Hagar Township but is still awaiting official approval from their board and the Coloma City Commission. Road work Trustee and Road Committee member Bryan Duffield reviewed the 2020 road work schedule. Included in this year’s plan is sealcoating 1.0 miles of Taube Road from Clymer to Becht Road; 1.06 miles of Becht Road from Hagar Shore Road to County Line Road; .92 miles of Clymer Road from Hagar Shore to Van Road; and 1.05 miles of Little Paw Paw Lake Road from Interlochen to Paw Paw Lake Road. One mile of Clymer Road from Riverside Road to Hagar Shore Road is set for a grind, grade, prime and double seal. Duffield explained that the road needed to be unusable and needed to be replaced in its entirety for this type of project. Several other miles of road are having a hot mix overlay put on or an ultra thin layer put on (less than 2” of asphalt). A total of just over 11 miles of road is having some kind of work done. Other business Police Chief Wes Smigielski continues to work on a Fireworks Ordinance for the township. The ordinance is basically the state law. The hang-up now was that some of the members of the township board requested that there be an age limit of not under 16. The township board will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 to receive input on the ordinance. Treasurer Jim Fulton provided an update on the Paw Paw Lake Special Assessment project with the presentation of the 2020 work plan and was seeking action to hold a public hearing. The public hearing, set for June 27 at 10:00 a.m., will be held electronically. Fulton explained that they do this every four years. The lake improvements include measures designed to reduce the percentage of invasive and nuisance species, reduce total phosphorus in the water column, reduce algal blooms, decrease nutrient inputs into the lake, increase percent cover and diversity of native vegetation, and document and assess existing resources and fish and wildlife habitat, along with recreational and aesthetic values associated with the lake to identify areas of potential improvement, enhancement or restoration. The public hearing will also have special presentation updates from the lake management companies that are being used. The public will have an opportunity to address the Watervliet Township and Coloma Charter Township boards. Following the public hearing, both of the township boards will make the decision to either continue the lake improvements, continue the lake improvements with specified changes, discontinue the lake improvements, or discontinue the entire project all together.

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