2018-01-11 / Front Page

Township begins process toward paving subdivision

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

DAVISON TWP. – The Board of Trustees moved one step closer, Jan. 8, toward repaving of the Atherton Country Club Estates subdivision when it approved the plan for the project and set a cost public hearing for next month.

The board voted unanimously to accept a petition from 58 percent of the homeowners in the subdivision which calls for cold milling and repaving of streets in Atherton Country Club Estates, assessing the estimated $660,000 cost to property owners there through a special assessment.

The public hearing will be held Feb. 12 at 7:05 p.m. at the Davison Township office, 1280 N. Irish Rd.

Township Attorney Dzavid Lattie said the board will discuss engineering, which is due in three months. The project will be put out to bid at that time.

Lattie said if the project exceeds more than 10 percent for the estimated $660,000 for the work, another public hearing will have to be held to discuss the cost increase.

Resident Lino Kaspar asked the board to consider returning money to the project if, in the future, it has the financial means to do so.

He pointed to a time, more than 15 years ago, when the township paid for a portion of paving projects, lessening the impact on residents in a special assessment district.

“There are no funds, we understand that,” said Kaspar. “I’m just asking that if, in the next few years, you have the funds you will pay part of the costs before you pay to pave the roads in other subdivisions.”

Kaspar cited the township’s spending for its growing parks and recreation department as a reason for its inability to pay for infrastructure repairs, but Treasurer Pat Miller said it is more about cuts in taxable value on homes and property since the early 2000s and re-allocation of state revenue by Lansing.

“That was a different board, a different time,” said Miller, “back in 2001-2002.”

Lattie said the board could not include a provision in the motion to establish the special assessment district that would allow for repayment from township funds of the homeowners’ obligations toward the repaving project, if financial times improved.

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