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Posted: 05/14/14

Some trees to be saved
during Mound Rd. work

by JERRY FRAEYMAN
Observer Special Writer
      Residents of Mound Road between 28 and 29 Mile Road will still enjoy at least some of the scenic canopy provided by trees lining the road, thanks to a decision by the Washington Township Board of Trustees.
       At its May 7 meeting, the board approved spending an additional $29,000 of township funds to save some large trees that were otherwise slated to be taken down as part of paving work being done on the north-south artery.
       The township and the Macomb County Department of Roads are sharing costs on the project. Originally, each side agreed to pay $250,000. Now, they will each chip in $278,280.
       The board's decision came after feedback from citizens concerned about the impact the construction project would have on the natural landscape.
       In approving the additional spending, Supervisor Dan O'Leary said the township was aware of desires to maintain the beauty of the roadway, but the paving project was being done for safety reasons.
       "It's a controversial project because a lot of old trees are coming down," O'Leary said. "There is a beautiful canopy on that street. We understand that. But roads are meant to be traveled efficiently and safely.
       "Mound is an unsafe road. There are points at which it was unpassable this spring," he added. "This is a very necessary road project. We only have one north-south road in this part of the county."
       Several residents of Crystal Creek subdivision spoke in favor of the project, citing the poor quality of Mound Road that often forces them to take detours to avoid the pothole-strewn street.
       "The public, generally speaking, wants this, although the public, generally speaking, also loves the beauty of Mound Road," O'Leary said. "With all the new subdivisions going in around there (Mound), residents want a quality road."
       Wednesday's decision to spare some of the trees notwithstanding, O'Leary forewarned residents that there will be changes in Mound's appearance.
       "We're going to preserve some of the canopy, not most," O'Leary said. "There are a lot of trees coming down, folks. That's the reality."
      
County Sewer Lines for Washington

       Also at Wednesday's meeting, O'Leary described a preliminary plan being offered by Macomb County Drain Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to bring sewer lines to Washington Township and other northern communities such as Ray and Armada.
       The county would pay for the bulk of the project by charging tap fees for each home or business that uses sewer on a go-forward basis from any of the agreeing towns. The fee would be paid by the developers to the county, which would then use the collected money to pay down any necessary bonds.
       O'Leary called the plan "an extraordinarily brilliant approach."


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