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Posted: 01/01/14

Ray Township stayed busy
with improvements in 2013

Observer Special Writer
      Major improvement projects for the township were the highlights for Ray Township in 2013.
       Community Development Block Grant Funds were used to add lighting to the senior center parking lot, making it much easier for seniors to access the senior center at night. Four lights were initially installed, and then a fifth light was added near the entrance to the parking lot due to the darkness of the area at night.
       SMART credits for both contract municipal and community credits were approved, totaling $10,732.
       In July the shingles on the park pavilion roofs were replaced, and in September the handrails at the township building were replaced.
       In November the board approved the Townsend Village Residential Development and also had the township's tennis courts resurfaced.
       In December, an accessory building measuring 40 feet by 60 feet was built at a cost of $61,460.
       A planned celebration for the Ray Township Library's 30th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the schoolhouse it is housed in didn't go according to plan as a tin ceiling that was being installed became an eyesore. The ceiling tiles were installed improperly and different finishes in the tiles were noted. The Ray Township Historical Society (RTHS) had raised $6,877 in fundraisers to cover the cost of the project, but the only bid received was $11,000. With an additional $640 from the library and $700 from the township, the board suggested having the township's maintenance supervisor complete the work. Both the Library Board and the Historical Society were concerned about the quality of the work and what would happen if something unforeseen happened and there were cost overages. The Township Board said that they would guarantee the quality of the work and any cost overages.
       The RTHS has received a proposal from Romeo-based design firm Earth Environments to redo the ceiling. The library board suggested completing the installation as is, removing the dull finish tiles and install replacements while trying to straighten them, or finishing the installation and painting the ceiling white.
       The board has not yet decided on how to go ahead with the project.
       The Recreation Department also had a successful year, with Bowling with SpongeBob Squarepants and the annual Easter Egg Hunt in March, the community picnic in June, an outing at a Tigers game in July, an outdoor movie night in August, 375 people participating in Trunk or Treat in October, and the Township Tree Lighting in December.

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