STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP—Getting Baumgartner Road on the Iron County Road Commission’s task force list was a top priority at the Jan. 4 meeting of the Stambaugh Township Board.
Supervisor Eugene Pellizzaro told the board that he had been at the recent Road Commission meeting and found out that Baumgartner Road was not on a list for road work.
“It needs to be on the task force list,” he said, and to get it added to that list, someone should be at the local task force meeting.
He added that residents from Baumgartner Road should be in attendance to make sure it gets added. Trustee George Brunswick said that he would also be there.
The meeting date has not yet been set, according to Pellizzaro.
“They don’t have funds allocated for the year,” he said, “but when they do, they will schedule the meeting.”
Pellizzaro said that Road Commission is aware of the deteriorated condition of the road, especially from Hiawatha Road to North Hill Road.
With $132,000 currently owed to the Iron County Road Commission but only $50,000 in the road account, the board moved to pay $50,000 towards the bill and pay more when tax money comes in next month.
Water Supervisor Gary Pangrazzi updated the board with an annual pumpage report, noting a large difference in the Indian Lake pumpage.
A decrease of 3.9 million gallons was pumped from the Indian Lake well.
Only one residential line had recently been repaired, Pangrazzi explained, and since that time a decrease of 8,000 to 10,000 gallons per day was recorded.
High pumpage, even through the summer months, was noted in the Ski Brule area.
Questioned whether or not he thought there was a leak, Pangrazzi said he did not know, but added that all major valves in the area are buried four feet deep, and most of the valve boxes are bent over.
The next water line replacement project will be the final stretch along M-73 and will take the new line to Meadow View Drive.
“There’s 1,800 feet to be completed,” Pangrazzi said.
He noted that there should not be any issues with the three or four property owners along the path of the new line.
“There’s not a lot of clearing to do and no reason to object,” he said.
The work is expected to take approximately one week and should be completed in June.
A few other small water projects were discussed for this summer, including Groulx Lane and Bengal Road.
Also discussed was the possibility of connecting two township-owned water lines in the Scott Lake Road area, which would enable the township to discontinue purchasing water from the city of Gaastra.
A hydraulic study will be done to check on water pressure and the feasibility of connecting the two lines, which are some 6,000 feet apart.
The township could work on the project over a few years, Pangrazzi told the board.
GEI Consultants Craig Richardson reported on the recent wellhead protection meeting.
Current steps in the process include looking into the development and possible location of new wells and a public education plan.
Trustee and Committee Member Kevin Isaacson has been working on brochures and placemats to encourage the public to learn more about preventing groundwater contamination.
Also in the works is a draft ordinance to incorporate the wellhead protection plan. The committee’s next quarterly meeting will be in March.
Pellizzaro brought up the Iron County Heritage Trail non-motorized path project, correcting the dollar amount contributed by the Economic Development Corporation.
The EDC, he said, contributed $41,500 towards the project. With the county’s $39,000, the necessary $80,000 match was met.
Now that the county was assured that they would not be responsible for the entire match, Pellizzaro thought the contracts would be signed and the project would move forward.
An offer from the township to do seeding and mulching work along the trail, as an in-kind donation, was rejected by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
“I don’t know what they expect us to do,” Pellizzaro said, “except maybe put up signs, but that will only be a couple of thousand dollars.”
He added that this was the last MDOT grant that would accept in-kind donations, though not a lot was being accepted with this grant either, with so many specific requirements.
The $1.6 million project is funded by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Michigan Department of Transportation Scenic Byways program and will extend the path from the city of Caspian to Pentoga Park.
In other township news, Trustee George Brunswick is working with VFW National Chaplain Elmer Liimatta of Chassell on a national veteran’s cemetery in the Upper Peninsula.
According to Brunswick, the centrally located Iron County is the ideal spot, and the group is looking for a donation of land from 40 to 150 acres.
“There is no cost involved and the project is backed by state and federal government.” Brunswick said. “It’s a win-win situation for Iron County”
The closest national veteran cemeteries are located downstate, in Minnesota and in Milwaukee, Wis., which Brunswick said is full.
The board approved the purchase of a new printer at the cost of $600 for clerk Theresa Baumgartner.
Also approved was the transfer of $1,683 to the health savings account of employee Pangrazzi, bringing it up to the required $3,000 balance.
A Feb. 28 election is scheduled and includes Republican presidential candidates, a Dickinson Iron District Health Department millage increase and the recall of Iron County Commissioner Wayne Wales.
The board recognized former Board of Appeals member William Koski, who recently passed away.
The next meeting of the Stambaugh Township Board will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.