2018-06-07 / Front Page

Local scout plans educational project

Village reports work started on new trail
By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

GOODRICH — Multiple items related to Park & Recreation were reported by Councilwoman Shannon McCafferty during a recent council meeting including a proposed contest to name the new walking trail and park area currently being created on land behind the Goodrich Cemetery, along the Kearsley Creek.

McCaffferty also sits on the Parks and Recreation committee and said they additionally discussed requesting council permission and funds not to exceed $500 to purchase metal signs which will list the rules for the new park; which they expect to be similar to the Commons Park located between Hegel Road and Erie Street.

There was also a suggestion to reinforce the stairs and ramp by Reid Elementary which are connected to the park. McCafferty reported the slope there could be dangerous or cumbersome for people.

Further, she said they had reviewed a proposed Boy Scout Eagle project which was presented later in the meeting to the council.

Cameron Bellamy, of Troop 340 said his project is a proposed outdoor classroom which would be constructed in an amphitheater style and could be used by teachers to instruct students in science and nature subjects. He will make benches seated in a semi-circle and have a hopefully enclosed white board or perhaps slate or natural writing surface for the instructor.

Bellamy reported he intends to solicit donations from people and businesses and will also likely be doing a can drive. Parks representative Angie Adamec said they have narrowed down a location to place the seating in and Council President Mark Baldwin said if they could point it out, the crew who is clearing trees for the trail could leave them in an area where Bellamy might be able to make use of the trees for the lumber to make the bench seats.

“We would like to help you in any way we can,” Baldwin said. Bellamy hopes to start by June and must have the project completed by his 18th birthday early next year. Village officials said they are also open to volunteers to either assist Bellamy or to help create the trails and park. The council voted to support his plan.

Regarding the Department of Natura Resources grant for the Commons’ pathway, McCafferty said they are currently in the process of talking about the easement they would need with the adjoining property owner, which is the Midwest Telephone Company according to online property records.

Additionally, she reported the secretary position for the Parks and Recreation committee was vacant but the replacement was tabled for later discussion by the council. A discussion of who would be present for work on the park was held and McCafferty said she was leery of being a volunteer as that might represent a legal quorum of the council members outside of an official meeting.

Parks representative Wendy Ciaramitaro said they need to get the work moving and their main concern is protecting the natural growth as much as they can. She suggested Adamec could work with the clearing crew and point out things to avoid.

The council had not yet approved a layout for the path as of their May 14the meeting and there was no suggestion as to a time when it would be done.

Administrator Jakki Sidge said, “Not sure if it matters but (the) DPW has scoped out where the trail will be. Ciaramitaro also asked if the $10,000 allotted the parks per year had to be used every year, or would the funds carry over. Baldwin said it would have to be discussed during budget workshops in the future.

Street Administrator and Councilman Tim Light reported a recent street cleaning by the sweeping machines resulted in a big difference to local gutters and how the streets look. He hopes the council will consider paying to have it done on a regular basis in the future.

Baldwin also reported speaking with a bee keeper about the bee issue at 10223 Hegel and said the man will talk to a local bee keeper club who could approach the property owner, a Deborah Lambert according to online property records, about resolving a long-standing issue with a bees nest in the tree which is beside a public sidewalk. He hopes to have the bees removed to a new location.

In other business, the board approved a bid to change their auditing firm to Yeo and Yeo after their auditors ceased doing municipal work. A discussion of lawn mowing bids led to some contention about the fairness of the closed bidding process as they only received one bid and if they discard the one received it was questioned if he would have to rebid now that his bid is in the public domain.

As it is getting late in the year to get mowing bids, the pursuit of outside mowing was table to next year. The council also approved a Wade Trim proposal for engineering of the Common’s path for approximately $24,000 which includes overseeing construction and assisting with the grant process and payment, as well as inspections and other administrative services. Parks and council representatives still hope to get a donation from Atlas Township to help defray costs of the project.

The village will be publishing requests for bids for renewal of their current garbage contract with current provider Republic or another agent. A public hearing will be held at their June meeting for residents to provide input as to the current contract and any changes they would like to see.

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