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Clark Road Barn Approved for Demolition, Citizen Survey Approved for November

The Hartland Township board will be mailing out a survey to a random sampling of residents gauging interest in possible road millage.

The Hartland Township board voted to approve the demolition of the Clark Road barn to Preiss Outdoor Services at a cost of $19,600 during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Removal of the barn will make room for the new Clark Road Park, which is scheduled to break ground during the spring of 2013. It is a project the board has discussed for eight years, according to trustee Joe Petrucci. 

“This is, you could say, the first step of putting in that park- removing that barn,” he said. 

Options have been explored over the years that included trying to refurbish the barn or find a group to restore it but those options never became viable.

The board also explored trying to sell the wood, but according to township manager James Wickman, professionals explained to the township that the wood from the barn was not the type that could be reusable.

“This is the first step in what we’re hoping to do around the township hall by putting in those trails and areas back here,” trustee Joe Colaianne said. “We’re hoping to break ground in the spring… to allow passive recreation, which is what a number of folks indicated. We’re trying to help out everyone of the community.” 

Citizen's Survey to be Mailed to Random Resident Sampling in November

The Hartland Township board approved an agreement on Tuesday with Cobalt Community Research for a citizen’s survey to gauge the public’s opinion to a possible road millage in Hartland. The survey will cost $9,550. 

The survey will be mailed out to a random sampling of 1,500 residents starting the last week of November and residents who receive the survey will also have the option of completing the questions online.

The re-evaluation of a potential road millage began in during discussion of the Road Commission, according to township manager James Wickman.

“We really need to get out and measure public opinion on this issue,” he said.

A previous road millage from 2010 did not pass, but according to trustee Colaianne, the township believes there is still an “interest within the community to undertake repairs to the roads.”

“In addition, if we’re going to have a quality pathway system throughout the township to allow residents to get by on bicycles or walk to various areas throughout the township,” Colaianne said. “This is another project to look at getting in place as part of that road commission as well.” 

The township could have results from the survey by January with the potential for a road millage to be part of the May, 2013 ballot.

NotLazy October 03, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I am opposed to the road millage and feel this is self serving for some of the board members. I'd be interested in knowing which board members live on or near roads that would be repaired....
Hartland Dad October 03, 2012 at 11:47 AM
A fair question you ask . . . But I think are roads, especially several gravel ones, should be repaired/paved. A woman in Hartland tragically died after losing control on a gravel road during the winter, so I believe safety is an issue with some. ... Additionally, if we want to grow as a community, we need better infrastructure and this the proper role of government. Sure, developers need to pay for some of it, but not for the larger arteries.
Hartland Dad October 03, 2012 at 11:50 AM
P.S. … I support the park, but it's really too bad about losing the barn. . . . We have a great local group who gallantly seek to preserve history in Hartland . . . What do they think?
Keith Munro October 03, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Why not use the nearly $20K toward road paving? Before we need parks, we need to realize we aren't a Third World area. Most roads are no better than the were in the 1920s....Work on the major arteries first.
Michele Gonzalez October 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I totally agree Keith. Also, why are we wasting money ($10K) on a survey???? Really??? Can't that money be better spent? Sounds like a complete waste of funds/resources!!!
Jess Carleton October 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
$10K would buy some nice natural park materials for kids (anybody seen the recent addition to the howell nature center? I'd love to have something like that locally). I'm guessing there is less than a 30% return on mailed surveys? What a waste of money. Dirt roads around here do need some tlc, though.
hartland resident October 03, 2012 at 04:34 PM
this community waste more money on things we dont need. Need to look at roads first, Additional parks require maintenance (more money wasted). Instead of asking for more money to add to their surplus, why do we use it for things we need, we are no better off now than we were with Ann Alrich in office.
Sparty Pants October 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Please pave roads and add sidewalks! We need to promote safety and help promote safe ways to walk and/or ride bikes. Bike riders and walkers on M-59 or on dirt roads are at risk. It's so dangerous.
hartland eagle October 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
$20k pays for a couple driveways to be paved. Not a road.
Concerned Resident October 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Losing a life is never good. But I am sure that being a gravel road was not the only reason the accident happen. The amount wasted of money be spent on parks and maintenance is the real issue, when it could have been used to fix the roads. We all pay taxes and have nothing to show for it other than more parks, and buying more property which we don’t need. They need to stop trying to tax us to death and put the money we do pay to better uses. And that does not mean spending $10,000 to send out a survey to see if we will pay more
Marty Neighbors October 07, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Pay now or pay later. No one likes to pay taxes, but you either pay for road maintenance and paving, or pay for the constant damage that is being done to your truck or car undercarriage. I have lived in Hartland/Liv. CO. for over 30 years and the amount of work, that I have had done to my trucks and autos, is 10 times the tax, I would have had to pay to have the roads paved in the first place. Liv. Co is the dirt road capital of Michigan and people from surrounding states ( Ohio/Indiana ) can not believe the number of dirt roads we have..

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