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Posted: 01/29/14

Ray sets Feb. 4 for public
hearing on CDBG funds

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      Suggestions on how to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were brought up at the Ray Township Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 21.
       The township has been allotted $90,000, which must be spent within the next 18 months.
       A proposal to extend the park path at the senior center was the suggestion most favored by the board.
       "Our park is beautiful. I think we all agreed upon it, and the seniors and any handicapped person that might like to come and get a breath of fresh air, it would be a great place (for them)," said Township Trustee Betty Grader.
       Another idea was to add a pier and bench along the Clinton River in the park, but the board was concerned about the boundary line between the park and the adjoining property.
       "I've always been told it was the center of the river," said Township Supervisor Charlie Bohm.
       Bohm also suggested an alternative. "The pier doesn't necessarily have to be on the water. We could put it at the end of the path . . . an observation deck or something like that there," he said.
       Ultimately, the board approved a motion to contact AEW Engineering to have them survey the park property to confirm property lines and give a recommendation on how they can further the path extension.
       The board also set a public hearing date to discuss the use of the CDBG funds for its next meeting, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
       The board also approved a request from Ray Township Fire and Rescue to add an additional $10,000 in auxiliary equipment to a new fire truck being built. Items include LED exterior lights and an inlet that will allow firefighters to access water on either side of the truck.
       "We're getting a better idea of what we wanted on the vehicle. This makes the vehicle more functional, especially on multiple alarms," said Township Fire Chief Jim DiMaria.
       The truck is expected to be completed in April.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       • Set a date for a public hearing discussing the township budget for Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
       • Approved using the services of contracted law firm Seibert & Dloski to handle negotiations for a proposed cell tower.


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