BARODA — The village of Baroda has received good news on both the Lemon Creek Road repaving and the Industrial Park road construction projects.
The paving project on Lemon Creek Road should be finished next week, Village Council President Bob Getz told the council on Monday.
“It’s right on schedule,” Getz said after the meeting. “If we don’t have a lot of rain, it should be done a week from Tuesday. Then there will be restoration work and so forth.”
The road is getting new pavement from First Street downtown east to Ruggles Road. Through traffic must take a detour until the project is complete.
A recent pre-construction meeting for the Industrial Park project attracted eight contractors, Getz told the council. Work should begin in late July, and be done by October, he continued.
“Hopefully we’ll have a lot of bidders,” said Getz, adding the bids will be opened at 3 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Village Hall. “It’s a fairly easy project. It doesn’t involve (the Michigan Department of Transportation) or traffic controls.”
There has been little activity in the park in recent years, but the council has been working to get the lots sold and occupied. That necessitates putting in roads, and water and sewer service.
Also Monday, the council gave Getz permission to look into getting stop signs on Fourth Street on the way to the Village Park.
Getz after the meeting said those are village roads, but he’ll still have to find out whether the village will need Berrien County Road Commission permission to put in stop signs. Still, something needs to be done, he added.
“Right now, it’s just a ‘yield’ sign, and cars to come up that hill and go down that hill pretty fast,” Getz said.
In other matters, the council in an annual resolution set the village’s property tax rate at 9.8415 mills. That’s staying the same as in the last fiscal year, Getz said.
The council also agreed by consensus to seek a Michigan Townships parks grant of $4,500 for “safe bark” at the playground at the Village Park. If the grant request is approved, the village will have to contribute $500 to the project.