2011-07-07 / News

Roscommon Township board raises cemetery rates

By Thomas Reznich

The cost of a plot in the Roscommon Township Cemetery went up when the township board voted to increase the rates during their regular meeting at the township hall Tuesday evening. Plot prices are now $125 for township residents and $600 for non-residents, up from $100 and $300, respectively.

Supervisor Diane Randall said the change in price puts cemetery rates in the township in line with those charged by most other townships in Roscommon County. The board also approved raising the one-time cemetery maintenance fee from $20 to $40.

An electrical problem in the pole barn at the Roscommon Township Recycling Center on Tower Hill Road will be repaired with the installation of two new circuits after the board approved spending up to $335 on the project. The electrical problem was brought to light during MIOSHA inspections of township facilities in May.

During discussion of new business, Randall said after failing to gain approval of millage to construct a new fire hall, the Roscommon Township Fire Department has decided to renovate their current facility. She said the township will publish a request for letters of qualification for the project, and told Fire Chief Richard Martin to “put everything on the ‘want list’ to begin with.”

She said she expects to have bids on the project by September and that she hoped construction would begin before Oct. 1. Martin said “it would be nice if we could have the place ready for fire equipment to be stored” before winter weather sets in. The disposition of property on Stone School Road that was to be used for construction of a new fire hall was also discussed, with the possibility that it could be leased or sold to be developed as an outdoor fire training facility.

Township Clerk Barb Stevenson said after the meeting that the fire hall renovation project would be paid for from current fire department funds and is expected to cost over $345,000. A board work session on the fire hall project will be held at the township hall on July 19, beginning at 1 p.m.

The board voted to change the rate paid for mileage to 55.5 cents per mile to be in line with a recent increase by the IRS. The rate change was effective July 1. They also approved a consent agenda which included the approval of accounts payable totaling $56,963, which included the township’s trash bill and a fire department report which stated that the department made 13 runs in the month of June.

A discussion of correspondence received by the board included a letter from the Roscommon County Road Commission decrying the Michigan Department of Transportation’s decision to remove the traffic signal at the intersection of M-55 and Loxley Road. The letter was also sent to State Rep. Bruce Rendon, who was in attendance at Tuesday night’s board meeting, and had worked to get MDOT to change their decision. “They evidently had their mind made up,” said Rendon.

The next regular meeting of the township board will be held on Aug. 2, beginning at 7 p.m.

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