Dust control unsettled

FLINT TWP. — Around this time every year, the township board approves a contract with the Genesee County Road Commission to spray unpaved roads for dust control. The process hit a slight snag this year over contract terms.

The contract calls for spraying roads with a chloride solution. The first application is done in late April or early May; the second application is done in late June or early July and the third and final application is done in mid-September. Each application costs $25,174. The township has 20.84 miles of unpaved roads.

The Dust Control contract presented to the township board stated that the township and road commission would split the cost of the first application; the township would pay for the second application and the road commission would pay for the third application.

However, Township Karyn Miller said that the road commission would pay for the first application, the township for the second one and the cost of the third one would be split. Trustee Frank Kasle, noting that the paperwork stated something different, argued that the township would pay a greater share of total costs, if a third application is not done.

“This came up last year and I thought it was crazy the way we do it,” he said. “if we chose not to do one, it would be the third application.” “It seems to me we ought to split all three fifty-fifty. … I don’t understand why we are agreeing to pay one hundred percent of the second application. Suppose they (the road commission) run out of money and decide not to do it (the third application).” Miller said the road commission wrote the contract and she did not think they would change it. A schedule provided for 16 other townships in Genesee County showed the same terms. Miller noted that some townships don’t do follow up applications because they don’t have the money to pay for the chloriding. Kasle moved to table the vote until the next meeting but was voted down 3-3. However, the vote to approve the contract also was defeated 4-2. Clerk Kathy Funk was absent. Tracey Tucker, township deputy clerk, said the board has until April 18 to approve the contract. She said that the contract used to state that the third application was optional but that terminology has been eliminated. Even as stated, the road commission would end up paying half the total cost – $37,762, she said. Miller said in the eight years she has worked with the road commission they always have done three chloride applications on township roads each year. The matter is expected to come up again at the township board’s April 3 meeting.

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