08-25-2016 Flooding and safety issues voiced to Coloma Commission over Family Dollar Store construct

Coloma City Commission hears concerns; water  and road issues  discussed

JIM WELSH… graced the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club with his banjo playing talents and shared interesting stories at a recent meeting.  Pictured are David Moss, Rotary President and Jim Welsh with his banjo. Jim Welsh is from Watervliet and was a charter member of the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club in 1983.  He and his wife Peggy were the owners and operators of the Dairy Snack and the Fire Place Shoppe in Watervliet for many years. These days they are snowbirds and spend their win-ters in Fort Myers, Florida where he plays his banjo with a band.  He says the band keeps him busy as they perform 3 to 4 times a week at local venues.

JIM WELSH… graced the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club with his banjo playing talents and shared interesting stories at a recent meeting. Pictured are David Moss, Rotary President and Jim Welsh with his banjo. Jim Welsh is from Watervliet and was a charter member of the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club in 1983. He and his wife Peggy were the owners and operators of the Dairy Snack and the Fire Place Shoppe in Watervliet for many years. These days they are snowbirds and spend their winters in Fort Myers, Florida where he plays his banjo with a band. He says the band keeps him busy as they perform 3 to 4 times a week at local venues.


By Christina Gelder

Bob Howell attended the Monday, August 22 meeting of the Coloma City Commission to bring some concerns to their attention. He said that he has been working at the new Family Dollar on the heating and air units and has observed that after it rains there is water pooling in the street and parking lot. It is not draining properly and he believes this could really be a big issue come winter time.  Another concern was a safety issue related to the retaining wall behind the store. It is a rather steep drop off and he says he does not want to see the City get sued if someone were to get hurt back there.  Commissioner Marsha Hammond said that these issues were already being addressed. The City has taken pictures and sent them to the Family Dollar corporate office. She said that things are not necessarily how they were originally presented and the City’s engineers are involved as well.  Midwest Civil Engineers will have to do a walk through inspection before an occupancy permit is granted and Hammond says as it is right now, they would not be approved.  Would one trash provider save money? Sieg Freitag presented an idea to the Coloma Commission that he believes would save the City and the taxpayers money. He said he has found out that some other fairly local communities have set up ordinances and allow only one garbage collection service for residential pickup in their municipalities.  As it stands there are three different companies that service the Coloma area and Freitag believes that their heavily laden trucks are part of the reason the streets deteriorate so quickly. His theory is that by putting it out for bids the citizens would save on trash pickup and the city will save on road repair.  Mayor Jim Polashak said that they would look into it as an option. Freitag has said that he will get an example of the ordinance in place in Kalamazoo County for Commissioner Jason Hicks to look at.

Water Advisory Board questions rate study

 Commissioner Hammond presented the rest of the commission with a request from the joint Water Advisory Board with Coloma Township. She said that one of the township representatives has asked about redoing a methodology and rate study.  Mayor Polashak’s response was to ask if they (the township) are willing to “foot the bill”. The general consensus was that the study was not done that long ago and the methodology should still be accurate.

Road work scheduled and approved

 A resolution was approved to have Mayor Polashak and Clerk Martha Darling sign an agreement with MDOT for the construction project scheduled for this October. The work will be done on E. St. Joseph Street (Red Arrow Hwy) from Church Street to Sassafras.  It was also approved to pay Kalin Construction for recent work done to W. Logan and Center streets. The invoice came in $4894 less than the original bid with a total of $73,735.  Compton, Inc. has won the bid to complete work on several handicap approaches on city sidewalks. There are some that need to be redone for safety reasons and one will be added at the corner of Leedy and S. West streets. The cost of that project is expected to be $6790.

Water main break brings up historical railroad ties