Pittsfield Board Approves Road Crossing, Resolution Opposing Changes to Road Commission

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 11/15/2019 - 16:24

A new pedestrian crossing and a recommendation opposing structural changes to the Washtenaw County Road Commission were approved during last week’s Pittsfield Trustees Board meeting.

Pittsfield trustees unanimously approved plans to engineer and construct a mid-block crossing at Packard Road for a combined cost of more than $200,000.

The approved project includes a construction engineering services contract agreement with Stantec Consulting Michigan Inc. at a cost not to exceed $34,000, and a construction contract agreement with J. Ranck Electric Inc. at a cost not to exceed $170,000.

According to the proposal submitted by Stantec Consulting Michigan Inc., the project at Packard Road will include a mid-block crossing between Hawks Avenue and Torrey Avenue. The proposal states construction for the crossing will begin in fall 2020 and will be completed in spring 2021. The crossing will include a solar-powered rectangular rapid-flashing beacon that pedestrians can use to safely navigate traffic.

Narrow majority of trustees oppose road commission change

The board voted 4-3 to adopt a resolution to oppose the transfer of road commission duties to the board of commissioners in Washtenaw County. Pittsfield trustees Linda Edwards-Brown, Gerald Krone and George Ralph voted against the resolution. The decision follows public hearings in October and November by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners about the proposed road commission change.

County commissioners are considering four options for the future direction of the county road commission. First, the county road commission could be elected by residents, as opposed to currently being appointed by county commissioners. Second, the county road commission could be expanded from its current three members to five total members. Third, the duties of the county road commission could be transferred directly to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Fourth and finally, county commissioners could decide to leave the road commission alone.

According to the trustees’ resolution, the township received feedback about the county road commission from representatives of 15 homeowner sssociations, with feedback being strongly against transferring the road commission’s responsibilities to the county commission.

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Antonio Sanchez is an experienced journalist who covered city and county government for the Rio Rancho Observer in New Mexico.