Money to allow for additional improvements

 

Al Timmer takes out one of nine stumps at the Imlay Twp. cemetery Thursday afternoon. Timmer’s Stump Grinding has been hired to remove several stumps on the west side of the property.

IMLAY TWP. — It was a light agenda for the township board Wednesday evening. Board members took care of business in a relatively short amount of time, including how to disburse ARPA funds that are available to them.

Clerk Carla Jepsen reminded the board that a report of how the funds were going to be used was due at the end of April.

Jepsen suggested $150,000 be added on to what they already have allotted for work on township roads.

She said $50,000 was being recommended for building improvements at the township hall with another $20,000 set aside for use at the township cemetery.

The township has been designated for $325,000 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and has designated $220,000 in projects.

“We need to have a plan in place and have a plan for all of the money,” Jepsen said. “I have to have this report finished up, detailing how we plan to use the funding, by the end of this month.”

Board members discussed how to use the funding to best help the residents of the township and all agreed the additional $150,000 for roads, on top of the $400,000 that was budgeted would be a good investment.

“You never know what is going to come up,” said Supervisor Rick Farkas. “It would be a good boost to have that additional money available to us.”

Jepsen said the funding is typically used for projects including road grading, new culverts, gravel and limestone applications and chloriding.

The township roads typically receive two applications of chloride in a summer and possibly a third, depending on road conditions.

The board has just over $120,000 left over in ARPA funding to designate for funding by the end of the year.

In other business, the board agreed to invite representatives of Thumb Narcotics to a future meeting to discuss what services are provided to the area.

The agency has asked the township board to double their donation to the drug unit from $1,500 to $3,000.

“I’d like to hear what services we get for the money,” said trustee Chad Stoldt. “If we are going to increase it, we should know what it’s going for. I think there are some people who would like to know.”

While it was a general consensus to consider the increased donation, board members also agreed having a representative at a future meeting would be helpful.

The agency, consisting of the Lapeer County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police and Border Patrol, provide coverage in a four county area including Huron, Tuscola, Lapeer and Sanilac counties.

Farkas told the small audience the township board is beginning to work on the Master Plan.

“We are going to be having regular meetings and we want feedback from the public,” he said. “It’s important for us to see what the public sees happening in the next 10 to 20 years. Not just the committee saying this is what it is going to be. We believe it’s important to involve the public as much as they want to be.”

Following the meeting, Jepsen said the entire board is up for re-election this year.

“Our township votes on the entire board every four years,” she explained. “We are all up for re-election and typically, not many people file against us. Although, they certainly are welcome to, obviously.”

The filing deadline to be on the August ballot was Tuesday, April 23.