Twp. board says no to fog sealing road

FLINT TWP. — Road crews have pretty much wrapped up resurfacing work on Lennon Road between Linden and Dye, transforming the bumpy road into a smooth ribbon of black asphalt.

In the interest of better winterizing the work, township supervisor asked the township board to approve fog sealing the road at an estimated cost of $5.600.

Her request was defeated by a vote of 3-2 with Clerk Kim Courts, Treasurer Marsha Binelli and Trustee Barb Vert voting no. Miller and Trustee George Menoutes voted yes. Trustees Belinda Parker and Frank Kasle were absent.

Opposing board members generally cited no available road millage funds and unwillingness to draw from the general fund to pay for the treatment.

Miller said she might bring the proposal back again at a meeting when the full board is present.

“This should be done before the snow falls,” Miller said, adding that it could decrease accidents that have occurred in that area.

Fog sealing is a light application of a slow-setting emulsified asphalt diluted with water that must be placed on the pavement when it is dry and the temperature is 55°F or above, according to specifications from the Genesee County Road Commission. A fog seal was proposed as an inexpensive and effective way to preserve the life of the resurfaced pavement. Besides adding visual appeal, one of its benefits is that it accelerates ice melt. The section of Lennon Road proposed for treatment is about a mile long and is well traveled by people going to the Post Office, Kohl’s department store, the Genesee Village apartment complex, several churches and businesses as well as through traffic to Dye Road. Milling and resurfacing work on the road began August 24 and is slated for completion by Friday, October 2. The $204,922.58 contract for the job was awarded to Ace-Saginaw Paving Company.

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