2018-02-08 / Front Page

Thomas Twp. approves cleanup activities, accepts Dow grant

By Cameron Kerkau

At its latest meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, the Thomas Township Board of Trustees approved a proposal from AKT Peerless in the amount up to $21,430 to perform site investigations and activities at 3955 North River Road. According to Brian Eggers, co-founder and principal of AKT Peerless, the township will only be liable for $2,000 of the cleanup costs under the reimbursement program through the state-funded Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority.

The township purchased the site on the corner of River and Dice Roads in December, 2016, and ordered the building be demolished in February, 2017. During the demolition, three underground fuel tanks were uncovered and one or more of these tanks had leaked into the ground.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted a grant from Dow Corning for self-contained breathing apparatuses and related equipment for the Fire Department in the amount of $199,000.

“We’ve been trying to acquire a federal grant for several years and have not been very successful.

The board approved a zoning ordinance text amendment allowing Planned Unit Developments (PUD) within the B-5 Exclusive Business District by Special Land Use Permit. According to Dan Sika, director of community development, a PUD is in most cases a subdivision in which housing units are arranged in cluster forms, with clusters separated from each other by a common open space.

The board also approved a 2018 agreement for services with Saginaw Future Inc. in the amount of $6,000 and appointed Darci Seamon as the alternate member to the Mid Michigan Waste Authority.

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