Coloma Township approves millage renewals for August Ballot

By Annette Christie

At their Wednesday, May 11 meeting the Coloma Township Board took action that will put two millage renewals on the August ballot for their voters.

The board will be asking residents to renew the public safety and road millages. The public safety millage is for 4.75 mills and if approved for the years -2016-2017-2018-2019. The road millage is for 1.25 mills and runs for the same four years.

The board also approved a renewal of their contract with Gabridge & Co., the township’s auditing firm. The three year contract will cost the township $8,800 for 2016, $8,975 for 2017, and $9,225 in 2018.

After a recommendation from the Personnel Committee, the board approved increases for the election workers.  The Chairpeople for Election Day will be paid $12 an hour while the election workers will be paid $11 per hour.

Following a recommendation from the Cemetery Board, the Coloma Township Board approved road work of up to $34,175 for road repairs within the cemetery.  The vendor that was selected was Quality Paving. The other bid came in at $39,800.

The Coloma Township Board also approved a resolution which sets a public hearing for the special assessment district for Paw Paw Lake improvements.

This is the second round of clean-ups for the lake through a special assessment. Both Watervliet Township and Coloma Township Boards will be present at the public hearing, being held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Watervliet High School at 10:00 a.m.

It is anticipated that another public hearing will follow on Saturday, June 25 at Coloma High School, also at 10:00 a.m.

In an effort to provide more sidewalks for residents to use, the board approved the installation of a sidewalk along Center St. from the city limits to the trailer park.

The township approved up to $10,000 for the project which will install 480’ of sidewalk at 5’ wide. Supervisor Ken Parrigin said that the funds would come from road funding.

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