FLINT TWP. — Plans to repair Health Source Boulevard hit another roadblock last week because the repair bid came in well above the original estimate.
Health Source is a connector street between Corunna Road and Linden Road that mainly provides access to the Pasty Lou Williamson dealership and Health Plus.
The estimated cost for the project came in at $192,336, which is about $52,000 more than a previous estimate. The Road Commission agreed to pay 27 percent of the cost, the two affected business agreed to pay 20 percent of costs and the township agreed to pay the rest.
With the revised cost, the township’s share would be $117,530, which is about $22,875 (19 percent) more than the previously approved amount.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller asked the board to approve the cost increase but said she had not yet consulted with the businesses about their share.
After a lengthy discussion about the cost increase, the board voted to postpone its decision until the affected businesses could be consulted about their willingness to pay their share of the cost increase.
Trustee George Menoutes questioned if the township would be liable for the additional cost if the businesses did not agree to pay the increase. Miller said she had in writing their agreement to pay 20 percent of the previous estimate.
Miller said she needed the board’s decision to send back to the Road Commission as soon as possible in order to start the work this year.
Trustee Barb Vert moved to postpone the decision until board members received corrected amounts each entity agrees to pay on the revised bid.
In June 2013, the township board approved a $92,236 cost estimate for the project. 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.
Last October, the board approved a new cost estimate of $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 agreed to pay 27 percent of that 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 two-year period. That agreement reduces the township’s end cost to 33 percent, which was up slightly from 2013.