Township seeks MORPC grant for road repairs

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By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

Pleasant Township will look into grant funding to repair local streets.

Township officials discussed this at the Aug. 9 board meeting.

According to Pleasant Township Road Superintendent Robert Bausch, there is funding available for street repairs through MORPC’s Local Transportation Improvement Program. The deadline to apply for this annual grant is Sept. 2.

“Even if we can’t get anything approved this year, we can try in the future,” said Bausch.

The trustees hope that if they are able to obtain this grant funding, they can apply some of it toward repairing the street conditions in the Timberlake subdivision.

Resident Lorin Smith attended the meeting to check on progress for repairing the streets in Georgesville, on Railroad Street and Rivers Street.

“Does Timberlake take precedence over Georgesville?” asked Smith.

Smith questioned if the repairs in Georgesville could be bundled together with the Timberlake street repairs if they are able to obtain the grant.

“I don’t want Georgesville to be forgotten about,” Smith said.

The trustees plan to apply for the grant but due to the deadline coming up quickly, they are not sure if MORPC will be able to process their application before the Sept. 2 cutoff.

In other news, Pleasant Township Fire Chief David Whiting obtained four quotes for replacing the fire department’s 7-year old-thermal imaging camera. The most cost effective quote was to purchase this equipment from All American Fire Equipment for $4,895. The trustees approved Whiting to spend up to $5,000 to purchase this new camera.

The fire department had the opportunity to use the old Pleasant View Middle School for firefighter safety training, hose advancement, and survival training. Jackson Township Fire Department also attended this training session. Photos from the event were posted on the Pleasant Township Fire Department Facebook page.

“We are trying to show the public who we are as a township,” said Whiting.

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