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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:49 PM

BATES TOWNSHIP—Bates Township officials report a major water project is nearing completion and two other projects are ready to go.
An update on the projects was made at the Township Board’s Dec. 12 meeting.
Contractors have stopped work on new underground lines in Rogers Location for the winter, according to Supervisor Grant Helgemo. A spring restart on the project will be coordinated with road restrictions.
Township supervisors plan a major renovation for the Bates Township Park at Sunset Lake next year. Workers will cut down several dead trees at the park this winter in preparation for the project.
The $210,000 project includes renovation of the pavilion and fireplace, repaving roads and improving drainage with new culverts and landscaping, Helgemo added. The township must contribute $25,000 in matching funds for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant.
The township also plans to move ahead with a veterans’ memorial at the Bates Township Cemetery. A committee in charge of the project continues selling engraved pavers to fund the memorial.
The foundation has been poured, and committee members said enough pavers have been sold to finance the project. The memorial is dedicated to Bates Township veterans of all wars—however, patrons can have pavers inscribed to commemorate anyone.
The board of supervisors also set their three-year road project list. On the list for 2013 are repairs to Willis, Wildwood, Chicaugon Lake and Parks Farm roads. Work on Raymond, Shoquist and Pasamani roads are being considered for the 2014 construction season and the board is planning to work on Anderson and Larson roads in 2015.
The list will be forwarded to the Iron County Road Commission, which puts major repairs and construction out on bid.


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