2017-07-13 / News Briefs

In brief

Refinancing bond to save money

During the July 10 board meeting Saginaw Township Manager Rob Grose explained that he and Michelle Gad have been working with Miller Canfield to refinance a 2008 general obligation bond that was used for sanitary sewer improvements and upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. Grose expects to save approximately $410,000 over the remaining 10 years of the bond. The refinanced amount would not exceed $4,300,000. The township board voted to approve the refinancing.

Township sets high principles

Saginaw Township Supervisor Timothy Braun championed a proposal to adopt the Michigan Township Association’s Principles of Governance Doctrine. It calls for good conduct of township boards. Braun said the principles call for ethical conduct, emphasize education and showing people who attend meetings and the general public respect. The township board approved the doctrine.

New Interceptor police vehicles approved

On July 10, the Saginaw Township Board approved the purchase of two new 2017 Ford Interceptor Utility Terrain Vehicles for the police department at a cost of $26,183 each, for a combined total of $53,266. These new vehicles replace two 2011 vehicles, each with more than 100,000 miles on them. Chief Donald Pussehl said, “We get good use of them. They handle very well, especially during the winter.” He added that police officers prefer them over sedans, they accommodate equipment better. Township clerk Shirley Wazny added that she will be swearing in a new police officer who was recently hired.

Thomas Township Parks representatives change

On July 10, the Thomas Township Board accepted the Parks and Recreation Commission resignations of Bryan Mrozinski and Craig Monahan. Monahan stepped down from the parks commission to fulfill his new responsibilities as a Thomas Township trustee. Both parks commission vacancies were then filled by Craig Blower and Angela Alworden; both have been appointed for terms which expire on Nov. 20, 2018.

DPW authorized to purchase new truck

The Thomas Township Board approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-250 XL Super Duty Utility Truck from McDonald Ford in the amount of $31,053. The truck replaces a 2008 Silverado utility truck with 120,800 miles on it. DPW Director Rick Hopper informed the township board that once the 2008 is taken out of daily service, it would be relegated for use by temporary seasonal employees.

Cleaning the Graham Road water tower

On July 10, the Thomas Township Board approved a contract with H2O Towers, LLC for cleaning the Graham Road water tower. DPW Director Rick Hopper said the water tower has been in service since 2012 and the exterior of the tank is showing mold growth along the bottom of the bowl. He contacted six contractors that specialize in cleaning water towers; three bids were received. H2O Towers submitted the low bid at $6,700. The process of cleaning the tower is expected to be completed by Aug. 10. The project is funded by the water fund’s repairs and maintenance account.

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