IRON RIVER—The Iron County Road Commission will continue to operate with declining revenue sources next year, as it reviewed its budget, following its Dec. 13 meeting.
The Michigan Transportation Fund has gone down consistently over the past four years, said Road Commission Superintendent Doug Tomasoski.
State and federal funding is also down. The board reviewed a $4,374,991 proposed budget for the year.
Looking at this year’s finances, Tomasoski reported to the commissioners that, with 92 percent of the year completed, 93 percent of the budget for primary roads has been spent and 80 percent of the local road heavy maintenance budget has been expended.
IN OTHER BUSINESS:
--Attorney Mark Tousignant discussed a request for a license agreement for access to private property through the Road Commission’s Blue Lake Pit in Mastodon Township.
A license agreement removes liability from the Road Commission but should only be used “as a last resort,” he said.
“I don’t think these residents have exhausted all their options,” Tousignant said. “The Road Commission should be a last resort.” No action was taken.
--The board set its year-end special meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 8:30 a.m.
--Legislation allowing county boards to dissolve road commissions was discussed, with all indications being that the Iron County Board of Commissioners has no intention of dissolving the Road Board or operating the Road Commission.
--Tomasoski told the board he is working on the program application forms for the County Road 424 safety program, which would provide for better signage.
--Winter road maintenance is ongoing, with all salt and sand delivered. Any pre-freezing grading work is being completed.
--The preparation and gravel work on Wright Road in Mansfield Township has been completed. Paving will be done next summer.
--The Road Commission is waiting for the return of townships’ three-year road plan so a task force meeting can be held to prioritize projects.