FIRE SAFETY AT REDWOOD… Hartford Fire Department Captain Mike Chappell (right) is joined by Fire Fighter Fil Garcia (center) and Chaplin Ryan Wenburg as they demonstrate Ladder 1841, otherwise affectionately known as the “Miss Bonna” during one their presentations to elementary students at Hartford’s Redwood campus celebrating Fire Safety Week.
Hagar tackles pending infrastructure projects
By Jon Bisnett
The Hagar board dealt with a laundry list of infrastructure issues and bids from township hall to Hagar Park and back again during the regular October monthly meeting on Monday the 8th.
Refinishing of the wood floors at the hall was awarded to Berry’s Hardwood Flooring of Coloma at a cost of $3,411.
Wiltse Fencing of Watervliet will install a new set of barrier gates at Hagar Park for a bid of $1,063. Wiltse will also install a chain link fence enclosing the smallest of the township baseball fields for use as an unofficial dog park at a low bid of $2,933.
One hundred feet of fence along Children’s Park will be installed by Fence Masters of Baroda for a cost of $3,640 to buffer patrons from what Township Infrastructure Specialist Dale Davis called a “big ol’ dog” residing next door.
Unresolved issues remain including a problem with parking lot drains at the hall sinking and a need for tuck-pointing of brick where the township hall addition meets the old part of the building.
Quality Asphalt did the work on the lot less than three years ago and will be brought in to look at the drains, hopefully to repair under warranty. Otherwise Davis has a bid from Fisher Construction to invoke a concrete based solution.
A previous tuck-pointing quote put the board in a state of “sticker shock” the result of which was inaction. Additional bids will now be sought and budget adjustments made to get the needed work completed.
Dave Vollrath reported the county has been through two weeks of budget hearings with all the various departments. Outlook is positive and nearing completion
with no real unexpected costs.
Commissioner Vollrath shared that the official opening of the new Berrien County Park in Watervliet saw more than 100 people much to his surprise on a weekday opening.
The park features walking trails, an island bridge, ADA compliant kayak launch and fishing on the river. As if on cue, a local angler pulled out a large salmon while the group toured the new facility.
Berrien County Sheriff
Deputy VanKampen delivered the numbers for September activity in the township which showed 52 complaints resulting in just eight arrests and seven tickets issued. No recent activity has shown any particular pattern however multiple incidents were logged at an address on Bansen Road which included two civil disputes, breaking and entering and a parental kidnapping.
Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio reports the Riverside Downtown Development Authority commitment of up to $350,000 for work on the Hampton Drain has fallen short as the project estimate is now $450,000. Further research as to a solution is warranted.