2018-09-13 / Front Page

Saginaw Township to replace 1.1 miles of water main on Barnard Road

By Mandilee Hecht

SAGINAW TWP. – Plans are underway for replacement of the water main along Barnard Road, from Shattuck Road north to Schust Road, a stretch of just over one mile.

During the regular meeting of the Saginaw Charter Township Board on Monday, Sept. 10, the board approved a letter of agreement with Spicer Engineering to engineer, design, develop bid specifications and provide construction administration to replace the main.

Starting next summer, the Saginaw County Road Commission has plans to replace asphalt pavement in those areas (on Barnard Road, from Shattuck Road, north to Schust Road).

According to the township, in reviewing the utilities, it was discovered the current eight-inch main running under and adjacent to these roads was originally installed in the 1950s.

“As a proactive measure to minimize the risk of having a water break that could damage the new road, we are scheduling this water main for replacement prior to the asphalt replacement project,” Sonny Grunwell, director of public services, told the board.

The cost of the engineering process of the project (design and construction administration) from Spicer is $132,000. The goal is to have project design work completed by the end of this year. The project will be bid out around January of next year with the bid awarded during one of the April, 2019 board meetings. Construction will begin in the spring/summer of 2019, depending on ground (frost) conditions.

It was noted during the meeting that a letter explaining this project should be sent out to residents within the next 30 days.

Total project cost estimation is $850,000.

The Saginaw Charter Township board also approved the annual audit for the 2017-18 fiscal year during the meeting. The audit work was completed by Rehmann Robson CPA and Consultants, PC. The township received an unmodified (clean) opinion from its auditors, which is the highest level of review. During the meeting the board also approved the Rehmann Group to conduct the annual audit for the 2018- 19 fiscal year.

The Rehmann business was noted as doing an outstanding job, with employees who are very personable and hardworking, township supervisor Tim Braun said.

The board also approved a letter of agreement with Quality Asphalt of Saginaw, to resurface a portion of the parking lot in front of the Department of Public Services building in the amount of $27,000 and a letter of agreement to remove and replace several areas of asphalt at the Saginaw Soccer Complex in the amount of $20,000.

The section in front of the public services building being replaced was noted to be originally installed in the 1980s and is seven inches thick. Plans are to mill down two inches and resurface the area. The areas that need replacing at the Saginaw Soccer Complex are located, in part, east of the concession building.

Among other approval items from the meeting was a first resolution for road improvements to the Autumn Ridge subdivision, with a public hearing date set for Monday, Sept. 24.

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