BATES TOWNSHIP—Pipe should start being laid for the Bates Township water project, reported Jim Koskiniemi of U.P. Engineers and Architects, at the Bates Township Board of Trustees’ Sept. 12 meeting.
The first area of work will be on Fourth Street in the Rogers Location, he said, following pre-construction meetings with the contractor, Oberstar.
The township was able to secure an interest rate for the loan at 2.125 percent, and the board approved a second draw request for $17,079.46.
Road projects were also on the agenda, with Supervisor Grant Helgemo reporting that clearing is under way at the new gravel pit, and crushing will begin. South Ice Lake Road work will begin soon, also.
Helgemo said there has been progress on the cemetery veterans’ memorial. Many requests for bricks have been received. Hopefully, he said, the project will be completed by Memorial Day next year.
A questionnaire prepared by the township’s Planning Commission was sent to residents. Of over 300 sent out, Helgemo said, about 30 percent have been returned.
The board received a letter from the Iron County Board of Commissioners informing it of its intent to purchase BS&A software for taxation and assessing.
The county encouraged municipalities to switch to the new software. Helgemo directed Treasurer Punner Franzene and Nancy Nelson, township assessor, to research the program.
Franzene recommended making a switch after winter taxes were collected.
The board approved a $2 per capita contribution to the Iron County Economic Development Corporation for support of an economic developer.
Helgemo said the township made no contribution last year because none was requested.
In 2008, he said, the township contributed $250, and in 2010, went with the per capita contribution.
“We need someone working on economic development,” he said, “especially for small businesses.”
The board approved a $200 contribution to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.
The township park and campground are officially closed, however the boat wash will remain open as long as possible.
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