BARODA — Baroda Township officials aren’t hearing many comments about the proposed new fire station.
“Not a single word,” township Supervisor Jim Brow said after Monday’s Township Board meeting. “No comments, not one phone call, not one person walked in the door. It’s like, who cares?”
The board in May agreed to ask voters on Aug. 7 to approve a $2.8 million bond issue to pay for a new station. The current station, next to Baroda’s municipal building, is outdated and too small, officials say.
The board in May talked about building the 12,000-square-foot station on a three-acre lot on Cleveland Avenue. But Brow during the meeting said no decision has been made about the site, and that putting it by the township’s park at Hess Lake is still under consideration.
“We only care about the vote” rather than the location, Trustee David Wolf said. “Getting the word out, so we have informed voters.”
Brow said the township is going to undertake some promotion efforts, including getting brochures out to township residents.
The $2.8 million bond for the new fire station would be paid off over 30 years. In its first year, 2020, it would have a millage rate of 1.5645, and would cost $156 to the owner of a property with a taxable value of $100,000.
Also on the Aug. 7 ballot will be proposals to renew a 0.9794 millage levy for the fire equipment fund, and a 1.9589 millage levy for police.
Also Monday, the board agreed to hire Mitch Sluder Construction of Berrien Springs to put a new metal roof and gutters on Baroda’s municipal building, at a cost of $58,600.
The building houses both township and Baroda village offices, and Brow said it’s been plagued by roof leaks. The Baroda Village Council has agreed to bear 40 percent of the repair costs, Treasurer Brenda Troxell said.
In other matters, Clerk Wendie Shafer said the township and Lincoln Township Public Library officials will hold a “Mid Summer’s Eve Fairy Fantasy” event at the Hess Lake Park from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.
Children will be able to build fairy houses and doors, make flower-head wreaths, hear stories about fairies, and will get treats, a brochure said. Shafer said the event is aimed at encouraging more people to use the park and its walking trail.
The board also named Steve Nitz, David Wolf, and Ken Jewel to the Construction Board of Appeals.