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Posted: 07/30/14

Hearing shows need to
pave Ray Township road

Observer Special Writer
      A public hearing for the necessity of establishing a special assessment district for road improvements to Apple Lane took place at the Ray Township Board of Trustees meeting July 15.
       The road is in need of repairs, and the cost of repairs will be split between the Macomb County Department of Roads and Ray Township. Residents on Apple Lane will then be billed as repayment by the township for repairs to the road based on the front footage of their residence.
       Supervisor Charlie Bohm said it is obvious to him that the paving of Apple Lane should be done.
       "It's got a lot of problems, and I've been talking to Bob (Hoepfner, Director of the Macomb County Department of Roads) about doing something to Apple Lane for the last two or three years, and then finally, to my amazement, he came out with this program where they would pay half," Bohm said. "I can't imagine there's going to be a better time to do something like that and that's the only paved subdivision road we have in Ray Township."
       Bohm told the residents that the costs of the project were not yet available as bidding for contractors was pending. He said at this point in time a bid has not come in.
       "This has strictly to do with the necessity of having a special assessment district," he said. "We are going to bill you, the residents, on a basis of a repayment. At this point we haven't decided how long that's going to be. But it would be at least 10 years, and just an approximation, three-and-a-half percent interest.
       He said residents can pay it off at any time, especially if they want to do it up front if they don't want to pay interest.
       Hoepfner was at the meeting to answer any questions the residents had.
       Hoepfner reassured residents that the project would take approximately one month, and that re-ditching and installations of new culverts would be included in the project, which would drain into Healy Brook.
       "We'll continue to use the same outlet," he said. "We'll just make sure all the ditches go into that direction."
       The project will only get underway after the township completes all state requirements.
       "It's going to be a couple of months," said Clerk Paula Artman.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       - Approved a resolution regarding the Apple Lane Special Assessment District, instructing the supervisor to prepare the roll with benefit amount.
       - Approved an agreement between Ray Township and the Urban County of Macomb's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program from 2015 to 2017.

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