DAVISON TWP. — While there are still many unknowns to be addressed, the township board approved moving ahead with architectural design of new township offices at its Aug. 9 meeting.
Supervisor Jim Slezak brought a proposal to hire the architectural firm Gazall, Lewis & Associates of Flint to the board Monday night to have them design new township offices.
The cost of hiring the firm was $15,000 and was unanimously approved by the board.
Slezak said the township has needed new offices for some time and it was a project the former administration was looking into as far back as three years ago.
“Our building is in need of some upgrades,” said Slezak. “It needs some major repairs in the next 2-3 years.”
He said replacement of the roof and electrical issues that need to be addressed are going to cost $500,000- 800,000 in the next 2-3 years.
Slezak said the roof is leaking in the police department and the township has had to call an exterminator a month ago who told officials the building need repairs, or it will have larger rodents such as raccoons getting inside the structure.
He said there are also safety/ security issues with the building such as no locks on many of the offices and bathrooms that are shared by the staff and public, many of whom come in from the Black Creek Trail after walking to use the facilities.
Reaction from the board was supportive, but the trustees gave their thoughts on the proposal.
Trustee Lori Tallman asked that the administration direct the architects to speak with the board and department heads when making their designs to get input from everyone.
Trustee Matt Karr said he would vote for proceeding with the architectural designs but wasn’t ready to endorse the entire process until more information was available.
“I’m OK with starting the process,” he said. “But in no way am I committing to new township building right now.”
Slezak couldn’t say where the administration is considering building new township offices, if the process gets that far, but he said they have a location in mind. He also said he has a plan to have the offices built without cost to the taxpayers.