Breitung seeks road work in East Kingsford

QUINNESEC — Several roads in East Kingsford may get improvements this year after the Breitung Township Board agreed Monday to let the Dickinson County Road Commission bid the projects.

Proposed construction projects include Boyle Drive from Jobe Way to Barton Street, and Barton Street from Boyle to Skidmore drives.

And possible asphalt overlay projects include Elizabeth Street from Breitung to Breen avenues, Campbell Street from Breitung to Hansen avenues, Withworth Avenue from Elizabeth to Van Buren streets, Superior Avenue from Van Buren Street to the dead end and Michigan Avenue from Van Buren Street to the dead end.

While the Boyle and Barton projects would involve a rebuild of the roadway, the others would add about an inch of asphalt on top to get rid of ruts and seal the surface, Township Supervisor Denny Olson said.

The township’s estimated cost for the projects would be about $141,000, which Township Superintendent John Gaudette noted was well within the township’s $207,000 road budget for 2018.

Once the bids come in, the township will make a final decision on the projects and possibly add more, Olson said. Work would start later this year.

In other business, the board:

— Contributed $2,500 to the Lake Antoine Association’s annual Eurasian watermilfoil treatment project. The association plans to treat 4 acres of the lake with the herbicide Navigate 2,4-D.

A fall 2017 survey showed only the 4 acres of the invasive plant, the lowest reading since treatments began in 2005, according to a letter from the association to the board. With less to treat, the association reduced its annual financial contribution request from $5,000 to $2,500.

— Reviewed the proposed 2018-2022 Township Recreation Plan ahead of the planning commission’s anticipated approval of it June 14. Any resident who would like to review the plan can find it on the township’s website, Breitung Township Hall in Quinnesec or the Dickinson County Library.

— Appointed Olson and trustees David Soderbloom and Brent Johnson to an ad-hoc committee that will interact with all-terrain vehicle clubs on possible trail expansion and other projects.

— Agreed to advertise for a full-time, level 3 assessor after hearing Township Assessor Joan Nelson plans to retire in August.

— Allowed Nelson to attend the Upper Peninsula Assessors’ Association annual meeting Thursday in Harris. The township will cover the cost of mileage.

— Purchased a $75, quarter-page advertisement in the 124th annual Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Tournament program booklet. This year’s tournament is in Caspian.

— Promoted Bryce Conery and Adam Knueppel from probationary township firefighters to the Firefighter 2 level.

— Agreed to solicit construction proposals for the Quinnesec water holding tank roof with a due date of 4 p.m. May 29. The only response when previously put out for bids did not meet the specifications.

— Approved a resolution in support of May as National Bicycle Month.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or