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Posted: 01/16/13

Quote for mill race work
OK'd by Oakland board

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      The Oakland Township Board of Trustees approved a quote from Wade Trim listing costs associated with preliminary work related to the restoration of the Paint Creek Mill Race at its meeting Jan. 8.
       The costs include $32,000 to do planning, engineering, and have the project ready for construction bids.
       "The current plan only has about 10 percent of Paint Creek diverted into the mill race. That is not the historic flow of the mill race," said Township Trustee Mike Bailey. "Wade Trim will come back with a design that does provide historic flows in the mill race which is (about) 25 to 30 percent of the Paint Creek flow."
       There was no update on grant submittals via the Clinton River Watershed Council available at the meeting. Wade Trim, however, is coordinating grant submittals with the CRWC.
       If there are no grants obtained, the cost for removing the sediment would come from other sources, such as the township's general fund.
       Township Trustee Judy Keyes noted that there was a timeline on the project.
       "The tentative project schedule currently shows that in the spring of 2014 to accept flow in the mill race, and then there's an asterisk below that that says `It should be noted that the tentative schedule assumes that no eligible grant programs are found to be available,'" she said.
       Township Treasurer Jeanne Langlois believed the grant submittals listed in the project were necessary because of the CRWC's original promise to maintain the historic water flow of the mill race.
       "I feel strongly that they should be involved and that they should provide any and all assistance possible to make this happen," she said.
       Oakland Township resident Jan Olson, who has been active in the project since the Paint Creek Dam was removed, explained that the largest hurdle for the project would be approval from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). 
       "It seems the only way that the DEQ will listen is if we go as power of the community which you represent and that someone who goes with Wade Trim at that time to prove our point," she said.
       Bailey reassured Olson that he or another member of the board would do so.
       The board then approved a proposal from Jerry Mancour, the former owner of the Paint Creek Cider Mill for excavation to prepare for the restoration of the Paint Creek Cider Mill's waterwheel, forebay, and gates.
       Bailey explained the reason they were looking into excavation immediately was to firm up the designs of the forebay, which is a small reservoir to feed the waterwheel.
       "Once we have that we can begin to firm up our drawings and send them up for bids and that will serve us to the MDEQ that we're serious about what we're talking about here," he said.
       The board then approved the services of Radich Construction to perform the excavation work.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       • Approved a resolution approving a contract with Oakland County for NO-HAZ, which provides household hazardous waste disposal three to four times per year that rotates services throughout Oakland County and appointed Township Supervisor Terry Gonser as the official township representative to this organization.
       • Appointed Stacey Linn and Lindsay Strelchuk as paid on-call firefighter/basic EMTs.
       • Appointed Anthony Scaccia, Judy Workings and John Giangelli to the Board of Review for two year appointments to expire in January 2015.


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