Ore Creek Bridge Repairs Approved, McDonald's Receives Permit and Teen Center Makes Progress

Hartland Township approves work to begin on several area projects.

The Hartland Township board approved Tuesday night to begin construction on the Ore Creek bridge.

Several issues that were discussed in need of repair included the tipping bollards on the bridge, which are the short vertical posts on each corner of the bridge, and the repairing of certain areas of sidewalk and fencing.

Also, as part of the bridge project, there will be an installation of a streetlight at the cross walks from Spranger Fields to . Hartland Schools has agreed to split the cost of the light.

HRC Construction was awarded a contract to not exceed $82,695 for the work and the funds will be used from the METRO Act fund. 

Trustee Matt Germane expressed concern over the high amount given in HRC bid for the project.

“I’m not saying we shouldn’t use HRC,” Germane said. “I just think that this fee that they’re suggesting seems excessively high for the amount of work given.”

Public Works director Shannon Filarecki explained, however that the price was an estimate of the potential work involved since there were many unknown factors related to the bridge work.

“We’re really unsure of how long this will take,” she said. “The bollards are solid, they are solid concrete from top to bottom and that’s why it’s sinking. …There really is this unknown component of what’s going to happen when we pull this up from the ground.”

Filarkecki said that there is the potential for other issues to come up after the bollards have been lifted that may affect the sidewalk, fence, ground and parts of the bridge structure.

The township hopes to have the bridge construction completed before school resumes in September.

Teen Center Moves Forward

Renovation and construction work will soon begin on the , as the township approved a standard contract of $10,000 to start repair work. Trustee Matt Germane abstained from the vote to avoid a conflict of interest regarding his potential work with the center.

The former Hartland township hall is the location for the future teen center that members of the nonprofit group hope to have ready by September. The teen center will be free for Hartland students grades 7 through 12 and will offer a safe space with daily activites and adult supervision after school hours.

The construction will be done in phases according to HERO board member and Hartland trustee Matt Germane and includes such things as repairing the ceiling, doors and plumbing, installing security and a wireless network and painting of floors and walls.

HERO board president, Kay Fountain said during the township meeting that there were some areas of the building that she considered to be in “move-in” condition.

McDonald’s Permit Approved

The township board approved a permit for s to begin an expansion and exterior renovation, which will include adding awnings, trellises and a stone façade to the building.

Greg Lautzenheiser from L &A Architects says the renovations will be a “real nice asset” and is part of the re-branding and re-imaging of McDonald’s. 

Lautzenheiser said he is hoping the work will begin on July 23.

Robert Ruby July 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Good to hear about the bridge. Every time I go across it, I wonder about those bollards, and when they are just going to fall over. One of the lights has a real lean to it. Thanks to the township for taking care of this now, rather than after another few years.
LAX'in July 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I echo Robert Ruby's comments. Good job Township. I'm always disappointed when I see the bridge appears to be falling apart. Now...about those landscaped medians on M-59 in front of Meijer/Walmart......?
Bob July 11, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Good news about progress in our town. But whats the deal with Walmart? Is that wooden "structure" in front of the doors permanent? Does it meet the building and fire code?
Ratherbefishing July 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The bridge doesn't appear to be that old. Hopefully it will be built right this time so the people of the township will not have to pay another 86,000 to get it fixed again. I am glad it is being fixed and hope repairs keep heading north on Hartland/Avon St.
Angela January 09, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I don't care about the aesthetics, but I am beyond thrilled that the school is getting a light over the crosswalk. That's an incredibly busy and dangerous intersection in the mornings, and I've often "just barely" seen kids crossing there in the dark.


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