In a unanimous vote at Monday's meeting the Saline Township Board of Trustees approved a $231,991 repair to the Cammett-Luckhardt bridge on Macon Road. The cost will be shared equally between Saline Township, Washtenaw County and the Washtenaw County Drain Commission. The final cost to the township is $77,330 which includes a 15 percent contingency. Township supervisor Jim Marion said “the cost could be lower if the repairs do not use the contingency funds.”
The board evaluated two options for the project, repairing it as a traditional bridge or installing a culvert, which is less costly to the Township. Township engineering consultant Daniel Cabage, from the engineering firm Fleis & Vandenbrink, advised “due to the winding nature of the creek at the Cammett-Luckhardt bridge” the double-arch culvert repair was an economical choice that would serve the township well.
The township’s approval of the double-arch culvert option requires the approval of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Supervisor Marion said “the repairs will be completed in 2018 but because of the MDEQ involvement, it will be later in 2018.”
Marion had requested that Washtenaw County put a weight load restriction on the Macon Road bridge so it could be re-opened to local traffic while waiting for repairs. Washtenaw County said no, Marion said.
Cabage said “the liability is too high. The bridge is in very bad shape. One of the worst I have seen.”
In other board action, the poverty guidelines and solid waste management Plan for 2018 were approved. The approval of the poverty guidelines is required by the Assessor’s office. Clerk Kelly Marion stated “that Washtenaw County requests that local governments commit to the solid waste management Plan that ensures the proper collection, sorting and disposal of waste."
Both resolutions were passed unanimously.
The board announced that they will hold their 2018 budget meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Township Hall. The regular township board meeting will occur at 7 p.m. on the same night where the 2018 budget is scheduled for review and approval. Supervisor Jim Marion said the 2018 township finances were in good shape “as long as we don’t have any more bridges to repair in 2018.”
The board then approved a 2 percent raise for township trustees and indicated the 2018 township budget meeting in March will include discussion about raises for members of other township boards and commissions.
The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.