2011-05-12 / News

Park plans under development in Gerrish Township

With summer approaching, Gerrish Township’s parks were a main point of the board’s focus Tuesday.

Supervisor Frank Homola was given additional job duties for the Community Park Marina. However, the time frame was in dispute.

Trustee Gary Long originally made a motion to pay Homola through Dec. 31, but the motion failed 4-1, with Treasurer Leasa Tulgetske casting the only yes vote.

Homola said he has put a lot of time and effort into the park and the cost had been budgeted.

A second vote to assign the duties through March 31, 2012, carried, 5-0, with the understanding that the board will begin seeking a replacement in January.

The board directed Homola to sign a work permit with the Roscommon County Road Commission for about $3,000 worth of gravel on Mill Road, the entrance to the community park.

The board will re-advertise for a parttime park attendant position because a potential hire declined the job.

Park improvement estimates will be sought for the township’s smaller park, including tree thinning, new parking, erosion control.

Working on a parks and recreation plan, the parks committee held a public hearing earlier in the evening.

The committee is asking for public input on the township’s parks. Surveys are available at the township hall and on the township’s web site.

Residents suggested at the hearing to offer a baseball diamond, roller hockey or rollerblading and a small skateboard park. Also discussed were biking and walking trails, a volleyball net, horseshoe pit, organized activities offered by the township, park hours, adopt-a-park volunteers, a driving range and sanitation.

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