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Posted: 12/11/13

Proposals set forth to fix
Ray library ceiling tiles

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      The tin ceiling project at the Ray Township Library was brought up again at the Ray Township Board of Trustees meeting, Dec. 3.
       Ann Ripley, vice-chair of the Ray Township Library Board, presented a letter to the board on the project and the Library Board's proposed options. They can complete the installation as is, remove the dull finish tiles and install replacements while trying to straighten them, or finish the installation and then paint the ceiling white.
       "The Library Board proposes the township removes all the tiles in the main area of the library, allows an outside contractor to level the ceiling, and then the township carefully reinstalls the tiles in a precise manner, aligning the tiles using the two glossy finishes in a pattern that minimizes the color differences," she said.
       Ripley also recommended scaffolding be installed during the project to enhance the quality of workmanship.
       "The Library Board hopes the township will proceed with the best proposal that will keep Ray Township the jewel of Macomb County," she said.
       Terry Goike, Ray Township Historical Society president, also presented a letter to the board, repeating the same proposals as Ripley mentioned, but also realizing the costs were an important issue.
       "The society would like to know what reasons the Township Board would have for not proceeding with this plan," she said. "If funding is the only reason for not considering this proposal, then would the Township Board allow the Library Board and the Historical Society the opportunity to investigate alternate sources of funding, such as donations and grants to go forward with this proposal."
       The letters were distributed to the entire board, and the issue may be brought up as early as the next scheduled meeting on Dec. 17.
       The board also gave an update on the senior center parking lot's new lighting project. Back in September, funds from the Community Development Block Grant Fund (CDBG) were used to add four lights to the Ray Township Senior Center's parking lot. The board then decided to add a fifth light, and DTE Energy plans to install the last light before Christmas.
       "Our additional light pole is going to be put in before Dec. 23," said Township Clerk Paula Artman.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       • Approved the legal holiday schedule for 2014.
       • Approved the Board and Planning Commission meeting dates for 2014.
       • Re-appointed Tom Hancock and Tom Penzien to the Ray Township Planning Commission, Rita Harman to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Nancy Paige and Dan Haley to the Recreation Committee.
       • Approved a motion to move a garage owned by Huron-Clinton Metroparks from its current location on 30 Mile and Wolcott Road to 29 Mile and Indian Trail at Camp Rotary.


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