Richfield Township planning ditching project in 2021

RICHFIELD TWP. — Township Supervisor Joe Madore said road work has been on the township’s to-do list the past 5-7 years, but this year it’s a ditching project that will take center stage.

Madore said the township will work in conjunction with the Genesee County Road Commission this summer for a ditching project on Hubbard Road to alleviate flooding in yards along the roadway.

“There are some flooding yards,” said Madore. “The ditch is not working the way it’s supposed to. The road commission is providing the labor and we’re paying for the catch basin and piping.”

He said there is currently work underway to remove a couple of trees that are in the way at the site, a quarter mile from the west end of Hubbard Road where it meets Richfield Park’s property.

Madore said the former Sunshine Dairy, located at the southeast corner of Richfield and Irish roads, has been purchased and plans are underway for a new gas station there.

“They are going through the planning commission right now,” he said. “They just got their preliminary site plan approval.”

Also, in 2021, Madore said he wants to look into revamping and renewing the Hayrides in the Park, an annual event held around Halloween in past years at Richfield Park.

He said he would like to work with Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation (DCER) to get the hayrides back up and running this year – provided COVID restrictions are lifted by fall.

Another feature in Richfield Park he said was completed last year, but he hopes more people with use in 2021 is the Iron Belle Trail non-motorized bike path which extends through the park and runs all the way into Flint.