2012-09-20 / Local News

Bingham to pull trees from park

By Eric Carlson of the Enterprise staff

Bingham Township will spend $3,050 to remove dying and damaged trees and stumps from Bingham Park following a decision Monday by the Township Board.

Township trustee Mary Bush, who serves on the township’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said the committee had sought bids from three vendors. It recommended that Deering Tree Service be hired to remove trees and stumps at the park.

Bingham Park is located on the south Lake Leelanau waterfront off Park Drive. The project will involve removal of five trees, the grinding of stumps including five additional stumps of trees removed by Cherryland Electric following a destructive snowstorm in March. In addition, twin maples growing from a common base will be cabled together to extend their life.

The board voted 5-0 on a motion by Bush to authorize township supervisor Ross Ard to sign a work authorization for the project. In addition, Ard was to discuss with a Deering Tree Service representative the idea of doing additional work at a township cemetery around the same time this fall with an eye toward saving the township money.

Meanwhile, work was underway this week on a project to improve Park Drive near Bingham Park as well as the east end of Bingham Road at the entrance to the township’s Boughey Park on West Grand Traverse Bay. The township board last month authorized the expenditure of $12,700, matched by $12,700 from the Leelanau County Road Commission, to repave portions of the two roads.

In other business at this week’s meeting, the Bingham Township Board:

• Learned that work will begin later this month on installation of a light pole and light for the township hall parking lot. The project is being paid for with a $3,895 grant from the township’s insurance carrier, Municipal Underwriters of Michigan.

• Agreed to shift an estimated $800 in the township’s budget to allow payments to election workers for the time they spent undergoing training to conduct elections this year. Clerk Peggy Core said that although election workers generally receive $12.50 per hour to man the polls on election day, Bingham Township had not paid them to attend training as other townships had done, and should do so. Core was to query election workers on how many hours each of them attended county-sponsored training earlier this year.

• Asked township resident John Popa to express the Township Board’s wish that a property being sold by the county’s Land Bank Authority remain in public ownership. Popa said he planned to attend a Sept. 18 Land Bank meeting. In a 5-0 vote, the board authorized Popa to let county officials know that the township would like to see the Michigan Department of Transportation or the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee create a “picnic pullout area” on M-22 in the township at the site of a tax-reverted residential property on West Grand Traverse Bay.

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