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Posted: 12/19/12

Planning under way for
Paint Creek restorations

Observer Special Writer
      The Oakland Township Board of Trustees took the first steps toward the planned restoration of the Paint Creek Mill Race and the Paint Creek Cider Mill's waterwheel at its meeting Dec. 11.
       Jason Kenyon and Dave Anthony of the civil engineering firm Wade-Trim gave a presentation showing detail of how they plan to restore the mill race.
       "(We want to) generally create a more functional, sustainable channel and create something that's going to carry the water in an efficient manner both during low flow conditions as well as high flow conditions," said Anthony.
       Projected costs for the mill race alone ranged between $285,000 and $300,000.
       Oakland Township resident Jan Olson and former Paint Creek Cider Mill owner Jerry Mancour then gave a presentation of options on restoring the cider mill's waterwheel system. Mancour explained that the first priority for restoring water flow and operating the water wheel is to repair the sluice box.
       "It contains the control gates at the end of the mill race," he said.
       Mancour then told the board that simply restoring the waterwheel will take a lot of hard work.
       "It's going to take training of people to do this job, as well as maintaining it," said Mancour. "It has to be maintained, and that's going to be a project for somebody down the road."
       Olson talked about possible educational features for school children and the general public at the cider mill. She mentioned the various attractions offered by the Village of Franklin, including its cider mill, and believes the Goodison area of Oakland Township can be transformed into a travel worthy destination.
       "Make the mill a destination; a place where people want to go to," she said. "If we make the mill a destination, perhaps Goodison can be a destination."
       Afterwards, the board approved a motion to have Wade-Trim prepare a written scope for the project, and to conduct a meeting with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to agree to the plan.
       The board then approved a motion to have Mancour prepare a quote to cover estimated costs to have excavation work completed that will allow final design drawings to be completed for the restoration of the waterwheel.  Both quotes are due by Dec. 18 and will be presented at the board's next meeting in January.
       The board also approved the selection of Rochester-based attorney Jon Kingsepp to provide a legal opinion on options and process pertaining to the referendum and rezoning of the property for the proposed Blossom Ridge senior housing development. 
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       • Made appointments to the following: Jeanne Langlois as Township Board representative to the Planning Commission, Sharon McKay and Roger Schmidt to the Cranberry Lake Board, Judy Keyes and Andy Zale to the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, Jeanne Langlois to the Trails and Safety Oaths Committee, Sharon McKay and Maureen Thalmann to the Election Commission.
       • Tabled a request for a two-year extension for a concessionaire agreement with the Paint Creek Cider Mill for further study.
       • Approved a request seeking proposals for providing live streaming video of Township Board and other meetings from qualified vendors.
       • Approved authorization and direction for the submission of a request to an appropriate state legislator for an opinion from the Michigan attorney general regarding the Blossom Ridge rezoning referendum and timing for submitting materials to the County Coordinating Zoning Committee.
       • Approved the authorization of the township attorney to engage an expert appraiser in connection with two pending Michigan Tribunal Trust matters.

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