BARODA — This could be the last year that Baroda’s Industrial Park will be used as an auxiliary parking area for the big Independence Day Fireworks show.
Plans are progressing on road and infrastructure work in the park, and the time is approaching when construction may start, Baroda Village Council officials said on Monday.
“This is the last year we’ll be using it,” Trustee Larry Nye said.
The popular annual show has plenty of room for vehicles and spectators, some 20 acres, in the main parking area west of the American Legion Post. But even that space is often filled for the show, which takes place each July 3.
Discussion over parking started when the council approved its annual $500 donation to the fireworks show.
In a related area, council President Bob Getz said the council may need to hold a special meeting before the next scheduled meeting on May 6.
The village has a 40-year-loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund putting water lines in the Industrial Park, and the department requires the village to have a 40-year contract with Lake Township, which supplies the water, Getz said.
Lawyers have approved the new clauses that had to be put into the agreement, and once the USDA, the village and the township OK the agreement, “then we’re good to sell lots,” Getz said after the meeting.
The council in recent months has been making a big push to sell the lots in the long-quiescent Industrial Park.
Also Monday, Christina Price told the council she has found a good space for the Baroda Farmers Market.
Price said the market this season will be located in the parking lot of the former Harding’s grocery store on Cleveland Avenue. “It’s a great location” with plenty of parking and visibility, she said.
Price in March asked whether the market could use space in downtown Baroda. But council members were reluctant to approve anything that could impede traffic.
State Rep. Brad Paquette, R-Niles, updated the council on legislative activity.
Paquette said he’s opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed tax hike on gasoline sales to help fix roads, especially at the 45-cents-a-gallon level. Some legislators are considering the idea, but “roads are like black holes” and the state needs to cut costs and look for innovative ideas to fix the roads, he said.
In other matters, the council: approved giving $400 to the Miss Baroda pageant and $1,000 to the Party on the Pavers event; one-day liquor licenses for the village’s Music in the Park events on June 24, July 22, and Aug. 26; paying Bob’s Tree Service $1,900 to remove a tree; pay $8,903 to Fence Master to repair a public works fence; and pay $2,000 to Brian’s Automotive for six tires for a public works truck.