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Posted: 09/03/14

Apple Lane in Ray Township to get makeover

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      Apple Lane will soon be getting an extreme makeover.
       The Ray Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the repaving of Apple Lane at their meeting Aug. 19.
       A final public hearing took place prior to the vote on the resolution due to a change in the projected costs.
       Ray Township is covering half of the costs, and the Macomb County Department of Roads is paying the other half, as they have deemed Apple Lane a public subdivision road.
       "It's a secondary road," said Township Trustee John Zoccola. "If it was a private road there would be no money coming in from the county."
       The cost of the repaving and reconstruction, which includes repairing ditches and culverts, is $330,000. Residents will pay an average of $6,685 per buildable lot based on frontage.
       Residents on Apple Lane will be billed as repayment by the township for repairs to the road based on the front footage of their residence. They will be allowed to pay over a 15 year period with an interest rate of 3.5 percent after the first year.
       "We're trying to make it as easy and painless as possible," said Township Treasurer Doug Stier.
       Township Trustee Betty Grader did some mathematical work on how all the numbers would add up.
       "It came up to $580.45 annually," she said.
       She estimated it would cost residents around $50 per month or $12.50 per week.
       "We've been working on this project for the last five years," said Township Supervisor Charlie Bohm. "Until the county agreed to pay half, which just happened this year, it was totally unaffordable. It's up to the residents whether they want to fix it or not. We at the township have the money and are willing to fund half of it."
       Bohm reassured residents who were concerned about drainage ditches possibly failing.
       "This project comes with a guarantee from the Road Commission," he said. "If the drainage doesn't work, they'll fix it."
       Ryan Morici, who lives on Apple Lane, felt the reconstruction needs to be done as soon as possible.
       "We have a huge opportunity to take advantage of this. Costs are only going to go up for asphalt and roadwork, so if we decide to do this next year or the year after, it's only going to mean more money," he said.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       - Approved a motion to allow the Ray Township Historical Society to take charge of restoration of tablets at Proctor Cemetery.
       - Approved a budget amendment to create a Township Improvement Revolving Fund using funds from the Township General Fund.
       - Approved the SMART 2015 fiscal year contract.
       - Approved the addition of a building account. Funds will be collected through the building department other than bond monies for permits and inspections.
       - Approved the hiring of Mary DiCaro as the new recreation director.
       - Appointed April Stanle, Kim Slavik and Lois Schneider to the Recreation Committee.


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