During their September meeting, the Clearwater Twp. Board of Supervisors discussed the available DNR Road Grant to determine if they should apply for it again this year.
Last year the township applied for two DNR grants, The first was for chip sealing four miles of township road which includes 140th St., 132nd St., Ireland Ave., Illsley Ave., and 125th St.; cost of $279,700. The second was for the Nixon Lake access and includes chip sealing 148th St. and 145th St.; cost of $169,300.
The township was approved for the grant, however they had to turn it down because the DNR specified the roads must be fully paved and brought up to a seven ton road so the township costs would be too high; chip sealing wasn’t acceptable.
It was decided to apply once again for the same roads as last year, with the township looking into preliminary engineering costs. Bill Langenbacher will get the process started.
The board discussed potential road projects, including removing the hill on Huber Ave. from 150th to 148th to improve the sightline for safety reasons. The road wouldn’t be built up or improved and there would be no encroachment on property.
Maintenance Dept. Supervisor Mike Ludenia informed the board the culvert on 124th had been installed. The chip sealing will be fixed in the spring once the area has settled.
Ludenia will put out a call for 2023 gravel quotes.
In Other Business:
• The board discussed township road count findings, many of which, including Ireland Ave., have gone up quite a bit in vehicle traffic. Road counts will continue to be conducted.
• A motion carried approving Keith Heaton’s request for a road setback variance for a detached garage he plans to build on his 120th Street property.
• A motion carried approving the election equipment lease agreement.
• The recipients of the junk complaint letters have all been making progress on clean up.
• The next Clearwater Twp. meeting will be October 12 at 7:30 p.m.