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Town hall meeting on Waltz Road bridge replacement set for Wednesday evening

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Wayne County Commissioner Al Haidous, along with township officials, will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston, to discuss the replacement of the Waltz Road bridge.

Representatives from Wayne County Department of Public Services also plan to also attend the meeting.

Wayne County announced in August that the bridge will undergo a full replacement which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The county closed the nearly 100-year-old bridge on June 1 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

Further inspection also revealed that the bridge deck and steel supports were also in need of repair.

The county said that it reviewed both repair and replacement options and decided replacement offers the longest life for the bridge while being the most cost effective.

The county estimates that replacement gives the bridge a 60-year life span at an estimated cost of $5.4 million.

Repairing the bridge would have cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to county officials.

The Roads Division will be issuing requests for proposals for the replacement design and construction.

The county said they will work with Huron Township officials during the design phase so that it will fit their downtown revitalization planning.

Once construction begins, it is estimated that replacement will take approximately six months.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access to the current bridge until construction of the new bridge begins.


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Household hazardous waste collection set for Oct. 14 in Taylor

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Wayne County residents has been rescheduled.

The collection will run Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District, Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road.

Please click here for more information, which includes a list of items you can and cannot bring to the collection.

Waltz Road Bridge to be replaced; new bridge expected to be open by end of 2018

The Waltz Road Bridge, pictured here, will be replaced and is estimated to be open by the end of 2018, according to Wayne County.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Wayne County announced Wednesday that the Waltz Road Bridge will undergo a full replacement which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The county closed the nearly 100-year-old bridge on June 1 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

Further inspection also revealed that the bridge deck and steel supports were also in need of repair.

The county said that it reviewed both repair and replacement options and decided replacement offers the longest life for the bridge while being the most cost effective.

The county estimates that replacement gives the bridge a 60-year life span at an estimated cost of $5.4 million.

Repairing the bridge would have cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to county officials.

The Roads Division will be issuing requests for proposals for the replacement design and construction.

The county said they will work with Huron Township officials during the design phase so that it will fit their downtown revitalization planning.

Once construction begins, it is estimated that replacement will take approximately six months.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access to the current bridge until construction of the new bridge begins.

Department of Public Services representatives will attend a town hall meeting hosted by Commissioner Al Haidous on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston, to discuss the bridge replacement.


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Here’s the agenda for Wednesday’s board meeting

Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

Here is the agenda for the Wednesday, Aug. 9 Board of Trustees meeting.

For more information about agenda items, visit the township’s civic portal, where you can view an attachment file linked to each item.

The board meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston.

Voters will decide on renewal of non-homestead millage for Huron Schools

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Update, Wednesday, Aug. 9: The school millage passed in Huron Township 

Voters in Huron Township will decide Tuesday on the renewal of a non-homestead operating millage for Huron School District.

Money that the district receives from the non-homestead millage supports the annual operational budget and the day-to-day operations of the school district.

Classroom supplies, textbooks, equipment utilities, transportation, and teachers are all paid from the operational budget.

Here is the exact language that will be seen on the ballot in Huron Township:

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the Winter 2017 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.5980 ($18.5980 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Huron School District, Wayne and Monroe Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2018 to 2022, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills is levied in 2018 is approximately $2,065,000 [or $2.1 million] (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2017 tax levy)?

Polls in Huron Township are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit the clerk’s office on the Township’s website for full election information by clicking this link.

Indian tribe denied land in Huron Township to build casino

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Tribe vows it will continue to fight for the land 

An indian tribe based out of Sault Ste. Marie who had hopes to build a casino gaming facility near Sibley Road and I-275 was denied trust land petitions by the United States Department of Interior last week.

“We are deeply disappointed in the U.S. DOI’s decision to deny our mandatory trust land petitions,” said Aaron Payment, spokesperson for the tribe, in a statement last week.

“Our Tribe is within federal law and our legal rights to pursue these opportunities to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenues that will enhance our tribal land base and benefit our members, the people of Lansing, public school students in Lansing, the people of Huron Township, and the entire state.”

The tribe says they have no intention of giving up fighting for the land, which it hoped to acquire in both Huron Township and Lansing, to use for similar purposes.

The Huron Hub first reported on the tribe’s attempt to acquire the land back in June 2014

According to the tribe, the gaming locations would boost the communities that they would be built in by offering jobs, new infrastructure and other revenues.

The Department of Interior says that the Tribe’s acquisition of the properties does not prove a consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands.

“The Tribe has submitted no new evidence to demonstrate that acquisition of the parcels would effect a consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands. After review of the matter, I conclude that the applications fail to demonstrate that acquisition of the parcels would effect the consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands necessary to trigger MILCSA’s mandatory trust provisions,” said James Cason, associate deputy secretary of The Department of Interior, in a statement.

Read The Department of Interior’s full decision by visiting this link.

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