Marquette Township Board to consider 2019 projects, finances

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township Board will consider resolutions related to two major 2019 projects, estimated to cost $8.8 million, during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the township hall.

The first resolution, if approved, would be submitted to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund denoting all funding sources for a proposed $2.2 million U.S. 41 multi-use pedestrian underpass near AT&T and Menards.

The documents would repeal and replace any previous MNRTF grant resolution passed by the board and includes $1.9 million in Michigan Department of Transportation – Transportation Alternatives Project funding, $300,000 in MNRTF funds, and the township’s local match of $145,000, a memo from Township Planner and Zoning Administrator Jason McCarthy states.

The second resolution relates to roundabout lighting, irrigation and landscaping at the intersections of U.S. 41 and County Road 492 and Brickyard Road as well a tunnel lighting, installation, water main and sanitary sewer work.

Under the agreement, MDOT is responsible for the cost of reconstruction and resurfacing work along U.S. 41 from an area just west of Brickyard Road to an area east of County Road 492. The current signalized intersections will be replaced by two roundabouts.

The resolution indicates that the township would be responsible for $7,000 for hand hole installation work for a future irrigation system at the intersections.

The board will also hold public hearings on its proposed 2019 budget and tax levy.

Other agenda items include Enterprise Funds Capital Improvement Project requests for the water and wastewater projects in 2019.

Board Trustees will also consider the adoption of the 2019 fee schedule.

The fee schedule changes include a proposed increase in The monthly water base fee from $7.00 to $8.00, and a ten cent increase in the water volume rate from $8.66 to $8.76 per 1,000 gallons used.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.