Huron TWP Board of Trustees approves request to accept bids for downtown park construction

Overlooking the Huron River, this is a sketch of what the proposed park will look like.

Overlooking the Huron River, this is a sketch of what the proposed park will look like.

By Scott Bolthouse

The Huron Township Board of Trustees approved a request by the planning commission to accept bids to build a park in downtown New Boston. Community Development Director John Enos gave a brief presentation on the project during the Mar. 26 meeting.

The project, Nicknamed the Riverside Park, will sit on a quarter-acre of township owned land on Huron River Drive between the Coyote Grill and the AC pub. The park will overlook the Huron River.

The estimated cost of the first phase of the project is $70,000. The funding for the park will come from the township’s beautification fund, as well as some extra funding provided by Wayne County’s parks and recreations. The park will not be funded from any other source, according to Enos.

According to Enos, the first phase of construction will include seats, lights, paved walk ways and the planting of new trees. “We are making incremental steps to a variety of different projects,” said Enos.

The second phase of the project, which will be a separate cost from the first phase, will include the addition of a deck that will overlook the Huron River.

According to Enos, the park will “improve public infrastructure, which will lead to private development.”

Trustee R.P. Lilly noted the positive atmosphere the park will bring to the area. “It’s going to be a great addition to downtown,” said Lilly.

Other business conducted at the meeting:

  • The board approved the purchase of a 2011 Dodge Charger for the police department. The cost of the vehicle is $26,849. The board also approved the promotion of part time dispatcher Aaron Wilmoth to full time, as well as the request from the police department to advertise and hire two part time dispatchers.
  • The board approved the purchase of ten new workstation computers for the police department. The total cost, according to Lieutenant Gary Dockter, will be $6,670. According to Lt. Dockter, the current department workstations are outdated and cannot handle modern-day workloads.
  • The Pinnacle Development in the northern-area of the township was rezoned to light industrial and research development.
  • The board approved the resignation of fire fighter Julie Ploeger. Ploeger worked for the township’s fire department for 11 years.
  • The board approved the adoption of the Huron TWP police department millage renewal ballot language. This is a renewal of the police millage currently being levied.
  • The board approved the request from the Department of Works to allow Suburban Calcium Chloride Sales Inc. to provide calcium chloride for use on the township’s dirt roads. Chlorinating the roads helps to control dust.
  • St. Stephen’s Catholic Church was granted a public gathering permit for it’s upcoming annual festival on May 16-18.


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