Baroda council approves loan for Industrial Park road

Don Campbell / HP staff The Baroda Village Hall is pictured March 20, 2018.

BARODA — The Baroda Village Council on Tuesday approved a $534,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build water mains along a proposed road through the village’s Industrial Park.

“We have to put the road in,” Council President Bob Getz said.

He said companies that purchased a piece of property in the park “bought it in good faith” that the road would be built, and “we’re going to do that.”

The village is also seeking a $1.2 million federal Community Facilities grant/loan to help with the road project and a related streetscape project on First Street. But officials don’t know the status of that application, and that caused one trustee to vote against the $534,000 loan.

“There’s no sense taking a loan for this year,” Trustee Steve Jasper said. “...I don’t want to break Baroda.”

“If I don’t sign (the loan agreement), no water,” Getz said. “...I don’t want to break Baroda either.”

All the other council members voted in favor of the loan.

The Industrial Park has long been quiescent, and the council in recent years has been working to bring the park to life.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on, but right now it’s just hanging,” Getz told the council, adding that a lot of action is pending. “We’ve been having 20-minute (council) meetings. Pretty soon they’ll be two-hour meetings.”

The $534,000 loan, at 3.125 percent annual interest, will be repaid over 40 years. The village has already received a $95,000 U.S. Rural Development grant for road construction, and is paying $114,000 from its own sewer fund to put the sewer lines in.

Getz said construction should start in 2019.

The new road will run from Hills Road to First Street. The streetscape project would continue First Street improvements south from Church Street to the Industrial Park.

In other business, the council discussed the Village of Stevensville’s request to borrow Baroda’s street sweeper for two days each month.

“I don’t think it’s going to hurt anything,” said Tony Cochran, of the village’s public works department.

The council agreed to let Stevensville borrow the street sweeper in September while Cochran gets more information on costs, such as the wear and tear to the street sweeper’s brushes.

The council also agreed to allow a Farmers’ Market on First Street, across from Village Hall, through the rest of the year. The market was previously being held on land behind the American Legion Hall, but organizers said it was “tucked away” and hard to see at that location.

The council normally meets on the first Monday of the month, but met Tuesday as Monday was the Labor Day holiday.