BARODA — The Baroda Village Council in the November election may ask residents to approve a millage levy to pay for road repairs and rebuilds.
The council is going to hold a work session on the matter at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Village Hall. Council President Bob Getz said council members will bring up the question again at the regular council meeting on Monday, March 5.
“We’ve got a lot of roads we need to do,” Getz told the council. “...A road millage could help pay for it. I’m not sure it would ever pass. But we’ll never know unless we try.”
Getz after the meeting said it’s going to cost around $1.8 million just to finish the downtown streetscape and do the Industrial Park road. That includes putting in a new water line and “looping it to Hills Road,” he added.
If the rest of the necessary work is added in – Second, Center and South streets, and Pheasant Run – “you’re looking at, I’m guessing, $2.5 million for everything,” Getz said. But there isn’t much in the local and major street funds to pay for it, grants are rare, and the roads are “not federally eligible for any money,” he continued.
“We’ve discussed a millage before and ... we haven’t really put it on the ballot because we didn’t think it would have much of a chance,” Getz said. “But our roads are getting to the point now where maybe it’s worth a chance.”
Also Monday, the council agreed to pay $1,200 for a survey for a 3.8-acre parcel in the Industrial Park. Clerk Tina Boehm said the village can’t sell the land unless it is surveyed.
Getz, who didn’t name the prospective purchaser, said the buyer may want to split the lot which would call for more survey costs. But the buyer would have to pay the extra costs, he added.
In other matters, the council decided informally to ask the village Planning Commission to look into establishing a noise ordinance. Getz said currently there is no such ordinance.
The council also decided, albeit a little reluctantly, to invest funds in Michigan Class Investments. Treasurer Barbi Hammond said that’s an investment pool for municipalities, school districts, and non-profit organizations.
Unlike putting funds into bank deposits, there is “a little bit of risk” as it involves investments, Hammond said. But the risk is not high, and Michigan Investments pays far better interest than banks, she added.
Some council members hesitated before agreeing to the proposal, but all present voted yes. Trustee Ed Rath was absent.
“I’m all for getting a larger rate of return,” Trustee Don Turney said.
Getz said the council will decide in March how much to invest in the funds.
The council also agreed to selling beer and wine at this summer’s Music in the Park concerts, and to pay Fence Masters $1,053 to install a 14-foot gate at the village’s maintenance building.
The council approved holding a hearing on the fiscal 2018-19 budget at its next meeting on March 5.