BARODA — The Baroda Village Council on Monday agreed to roll the dice and apply for state funds in 2022 to repair the Church Street bridge over Hickory Creek.
“It’s a craps shoot, if the council wants to take it,” Council President Bob Getz told the council. “If not, I understand,” he said, but added the application fee for the grant is only $100.
Some $4.8 million in Michigan Department of Transportation grants will be available statewide, Getz said. The grant would provide 95 percent of the expenses, with the municipality kicking in 5 percent, he added.
Also Monday, Getz told council members that part of Lemon Creek Road east of Baroda is going to be closed for rebuilding starting May 20.
The road will be closed from the Baroda Tap on First Street to Ruggles Road, according to Getz. The road is scheduled to reopen June 28, he added.
Getz said drivers are going to have to use a detour. “But it’s only for 37 or 38 days,” he added.
In other matters, the council agreed to recommend that the state grant the new Chill Hill wine tasting room on First Street an off-site tasting room license. The business processes its wine at a site off Hinchman Road.
“Another bump in the road” for the winery from state regulators, Getz said. “It’s ridiculous, the stuff they come up with.”
The council after a short public hearing also approved a budget for fiscal year 2019-20, which starts April 1.
The new general fund budget has revenues of $605,660, as compared to this year’s revenues of $331,511. Expenditures are pegged at $633,919, and the current year’s expenses are at $399,895. The general fund balance, currently at $313,532, should end 2019-20 at $388,932.
“There are some very nice increases in revenue,” and state funding and investment income is rising, Clerk Tina Martin said.
The council is saving money for local and major street projects, and is also saving for a dump truck for the sewer department, Martin said.
The council also agreed to a total of $130,372 in budget amendments. That includes $23,000 the council contributed for a new roof for the Municipal Building, Martin said.
The council approved a “notice of intent” to sell a bond of up to $600,000, to be used for the road project in the Industrial Park.
Christina Price, who has been heading up a Farmers’ Market in Baroda, asked the council for permission to use part of First Street for the market.
The market will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from June 1 to October 19, Price said. The street would be closed to through traffic during those hours, she said.
However, council members had concerns about that. “I’m not in favor of blocking off the main street, not even half of it,” Trustee Steve Jasper said.
Getz said other parts of the street or adjoining streets might be used instead, and Price agreed to take the suggestions back to her committee. She is the Baroda Township clerk.
The council approved naming Trustee Leonard Krone as street administrator, replacing former council member Milt Sluder. At the suggestion of Trustee Larry Nye, Getz named Scott Geiger, Elmer Rudlaff and Dan Startbuck to new four-year terms on Baroda’s Downtown Development Authority.