Cost-sharing plans move forward for repaving rutted road

FLINT TWP. — More than a year has passed since the township approved reconstruction of Health Source Boulevard off Linden and Corunna Roads and costs have gone up accordingly.

Health Source Blvd. is a public access road between HealthPlus of Michigan and the Patty Lou Williamson dealerships, which motorists also use as a shortcut from eastbound Corunna to south Linden Road.

Last June, the township board approved a $92,236 cost estimate for the work to shared by the Williamson dealership, HealthPlus and the Genesee County Road Commission. The township portion then was about $23,000 — 25 percent of costs, with the road commission picking up 35 percent, about $59,000, and the businesses 20 percent each.

The new cost estimate is $161,000 including $140,000 for bituminous cold milling, resurfacing and reconstruction of the 0.24-mile roadway and $21,000 for engineering and inspection costs. The road commission has agreed to pay 27 percent of the cost with the township responsible for 73 percent. However, the township has a rider agreement with Patsy Lou and Health Plus to each pick up 20 percent of the cost over a twoyear period. That agreement reduces the township’s end cost to 33 percent, which is up slightly from a year ago.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller has said previously that Patsy Lou Williamson and HealthPlus are two of the townships biggest taxpayers and both have complaints about the road condition. Health Source Blvd. is a public road, she said.

The contract states the road commission will bill the township twice. The first payment of 50 percent will be due after bids are received. The balance is to be paid in 2016 after the work is completed.

The contract also stipulates that if the low bid exceeds the estimate by more than 10 percent, the work will not proceed without consultation and approval from the township board.

“The Road Commission is estimating the construction for 2015 and cannot guarantee these costs,’’ according to a letter to Supervisor Miller from Kenneth Johnson, road commission program and development engineer.

The terms were negotiated at a meeting of all involved parties.

The work is scheduled to be done in the spring of 2015.

Trustee Frank Kasle asked Miller if the township’s share would be paid with road millage funds. She said yes.

The township board approved the project 4-2. Township Treasurer Marsha Binelli was absent.

Township Trustees Barb Vert and Belenda Parker voted against the project and also dissented when it was first proposed last year.

Parker asked if the township’s road advisory committee had endorsed the new proposal.

Miller said the group was consulted on the 2013 estimated but she could not recall if they signed off on the latest proposal. Miller also said that costs rose in the interim due to “extensive damage” to the road.

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